LeBron James’ stats from every High School game
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It’s been 11 years since I was buying VHS tapes of LeBron James in high school off eBay and trying to record every single ESPN feature about the teenage kid on the cover of Sports Illustrated next to the words “The Chosen One.” The one that USA Today chose for two straight years to put on their All-American Team and international teams were trying to sign while he was still a junior in high school.
Playing pro basketball before your senior season sounds a little ridiculous but it’s one of my favorite ridiculous conversations to have. I know saying LeBron was NBA material at age 16 and 17 sounds like I’ve been smoking with Bill Walton but do you think high school senior LeBron would have played any worse than Kwame Brown, Dajuan Wagner or Eddy Curry during their rookie seasons in the league? Those three straight-to-pro players were USA Today first-team All-Americans along with sophomore and junior James.
We all know what James did as a high school senior, especially when ESPN started showing his high school games in December of 2002. He dominated teams, highlight reels and won every award imaginable. And after going to his high school prom, he took his controversial Hummer, $90 million dollar Nike contract and game to Cleveland, where he put up 25/9/6/4 in his NBA debut.
So if he was able to put up All-Star numbers during his first day on the job, don’t you think he had the talent to at least put up “scrub” numbers a year earlier?
Anyways, here’s a cool graphic showing LeBron’s stats from every high school game he played in followed by some of the best videos of the King during his prep days.