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High School
6-7, 230

2002-03 Stats:
PPG: 30.4
RPG: 9.7
APG: 4.9

LeBron James
Notes: First Team High School All-American, 2002-03 High School Player of the Year
The Skinny:

Ever since before his junior year, LeBron James has been deemed the nation’s best high school basketball player. A highly-skilled wing, he is an exceptional athlete who can take over games either scoring or passing, as he not only scores in any way but also passes very well and has very good quickness with the ball. His jump shot has NBA range, though it could use some more consistency.

LeBron will be the number one pick in the draft. He has legitimate talent, and with some refinement on his jump shot and improvement at the defensive end, could be a star in the league for years to come.

Related Hoopville Articles on LeBron James:

6/8/03 – Jed Tai – Chicago Pre-Draft Camp Dispatch – Day 4
A separate press conference will be held for LeBron James (St. Vincent-St. Mary (OH) HS) on Sunday. Before you go jumping to any conclusions, the reason James will be having a separate conference is that he will be missing the regular Saturday press conference. Why? He’s graduating from high school on Saturday.

6/2/03 – Jed Tai – Projecting the Lottery
As noted above, James is the consensus No. 1 selection in the draft. And if you listen to most of the media, he’s the greatest thing since sliced bread. With Cleveland winning the lottery, there’s no way the Cavs could get away with picking anyone else except the “hometown” boy. If the NBA allowed it, there’s no doubt the Cavs would lock LeBron up with a contract already, like how the NFL does it.

1/31/03 – Jed Tai – LeBron Inelligible
. . . The worst thing about the media circus around James has been this — it has taken attention away from others who will be legitimate college basketball players. Whenever a game between St. Vincent-St. Mary has been shown on television, the opposing team more than likely has a few players who are considered college basketball prospects. And they will be in college basketball next season. Yet, because of the presence of James, they don’t get any attention. Even some of James’ talented teammates don’t get proper credit that they deserve. . .

1/29/03 – Dan Hauptman – Down with the King
We don’t need him. Let him keep wearing his NBA headband, his socks with the silhouette of Jerry West on them, and worst of all, the “King James” label on his teeth. College basketball is better off without the prospect of LeBron James gracing Chapel Hill, Durham, Columbus or anywhere else with his exaggerated presence. . .

12/16/02 – Jed Tai – It’s Not all about LeBron
Admit it, you watched. If you’re a fan of basketball, you likely tuned in last Thursday night to ESPN2’s broadcast of the St. Vincent-St. Mary’s versus Oak Hill Academy contest to catch a glimpse of LeBron James, who if you buy all the hype, is the biggest thing to hit basketball since James Naismith poked holes in the bottom of the peach baskets. . .

12/12/02 – Adam Shandler – The LeBron James Classic
As if ESPN didn’t have enough to do. Between college hoops, NBA, NHL Tonight, NHL Tomorrow, NHL Next Thursday, Billiards, Rodeo, the four-hour Heisman preview and World’s Strongest Man (where you can see a 500-pound South African tow a locomotive across town with his teeth), you would think the cable sports leader would be satisfied with the comprehensiveness of its sports coverage this season. . .

6/8/03 – Jed Tai – Chicago Pre-Draft Camp Dispatch – Day 4
4/26/03 – Morning Dish
4/19/03 – Phil Kasiecki – Jordan Capital Classic Recap
3/10/03 – Phil Kasiecki – Touring Around New England
3/4/03 – Morning Dish
2/28/03 – Jed Tai – McDonald’s All-Americans
2/11/03 – Phil Kasiecki – Prime Time Shootout

2/9/03 – Morning Dish
2/3/03 – Jon Gonzalez – Shots in the Dark 3
2/1/03 – Morning Dish
1/30/03 – Adam Shandler – Hoopville Theater
1/14/03 – Morning Dish
1/8/03 – Phil Kasiecki – Touring the Northeast
12/24/02 – Burns and Lozito – Bar Room Bicker 2
12/13/02 – David Mosse – Dumb and Dumber
12/13/02 – Morning Dish

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