LeBron James has already established himself as one of the greatest players in NBA history and is squarely in the debate as the greatest basketball player of all time. The four-time NBA champion has carved out an incredible career since the Cleveland Cavaliers picked him with the No.1 pick in the 2003 draft after graduating from high school.
Now, after four NBA titles, four NBA Finals MVPs and four NBA MVPs, we are interested in studying LeBron James’ high school career, one of the most impressive races ever seen in the sport at this level.
LeBron James’ stats in high school
Any die-hard NBA fan can tell you that LeBron James has been able to do anything during his professional career. He’s averaging 27 points, 7.4 rebounds and 7.4 assists per game in 19 seasons.
However, what did those numbers look like during his high school career?
In freshman, LeBron James averaged 21 points and 6.2 rebounds per game to lead St. Vincent-St. Mary in Akron, Ohio, in a state title.
LeBron James followed that run with averages of 25.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 3.8 steals per game in sophomore on a team that won another state title and finished 26-1.
As a junior, LeBron James continued his unique run. He was drafted into the USA Today All-USA first team in sophomore (the first sophomore to be selected) and averaged 29 points, 8.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game.
LeBron James had established himself as the best high school basketball player in the country and he even wanted to make the NBA Draft in 2002. He was named National Player of the Year as a junior (the first junior in do it) and set up a great senior year.
As a senior, LeBron James exploded to score 31.6 points, 9.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game, despite controversies over the rules of the Ohio High School Athletic Association after taking a car donated by her mother and classic swimsuits from a clothing store. He was initially declared ineligible but ultimately only served a two-game suspension, and his side had to forgo a win.
How good was LeBron James’ career in high school?
LeBron James’ career as a high school athlete was one of the greatest in the history of the sport, as he was also an all-state wide receiver as a football player.
LeBron James has become a household name in St. Vincent-St. Mary, appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated and appearing in Slam magazine. Some of the “Fighting Irish” games were televised nationally by ESPN and even sold to subscribers as pay-per-view offers.
LeBron James’ high school career ranks among the greatest, if not the greatest, drawing comparisons to those of Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) at the Power Memorial in New York, Wilt Chamberlain at Overbrook High in Philadelphia or Kobe. Bryant in Lower Merion near Philadelphia.
LeBron James’ Most High School Matches
LeBron James has had several amazing games for a high school player. “The Chosen One” scored 52 points as a senior against LA Westchester, while grabbing seven rebounds.
Also in his senior year, James had another 50-point game, with 11 3-pointers (from 17 attempts) and nine rebounds against Mentor.
His most significant game as a junior was a 43-point effort against Detroit Redford that also included nine rebounds and eight assists. LeBron James’ 40-point debut came in sophomore, when he had 41 against Benedictine after making 16 of his 20 shots from the field.
LeBron James’ best game of his first season was a 27-point outing in his fourth game. He later matched that number against Archbishop Hoban.
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