Missing basketball while the sports world is on hold? Basketball fans can fill the void by throwing it back with some amazing LeBron James high school highlights from 2002.
LeBron James High School Highlights
James was absolutely dominant at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, being heralded as the best high school player in America even before his junior season, getting his first Sports Illustrated cover that year. ESPN even started to broadcast James' high school games as it became clear he was already a generational NBA prospect. King James finished his high school career with 2,657 points, 982 rebounds and 523 assists.
Even in a 2003 NBA Draft class that was loaded with elite prospects in Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, James was the obvious first overall pick, staying at home being selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
LeBron was clearly pro-ready straight out of high school, and he averaged 20.9 points, 5.9 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game as a rookie. His true breakout came in his second season, though, when he played a league-high 42.4 minutes and averaged 27.2 points, 7.2 assists and 7.4 rebounds per game.
He's gone on to place himself firmly in the greatest-of-all-time conversation, as a four-time NBA MVP with three rings (winning Finals MVP for all three) and 12 All-NBA First Team honors. The King has the third-most points (34,087) and eighth-most assists (9,298) in NBA history, while also cracking the top 60 in rebounds (9,353). He's still playing at an incredibly high level, and Lakers fans have to be excited to see how far he can carry the franchise over the next few seasons.
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