The NBA superstar of the last two decades, LeBron James came into a league with a lot of expectations and somehow has exceeded them. Now in his mid-30’s, James is most-definitely in the conversation as one of the greatest of all-time NBA players.
Three NBA titles and multiple awards and achievements have gone the way of Lebron. Each one of his NBA Championships have ended up with his being named Finals MVP showing his invaluable presence on any team he plays on. Even this season, the bookmakers at https://newbettingsites.uk/ are taking bets on the well-aged and experience LeBron lifting a fourth championship trophy in Los Angeles. I know I wouldn’t bet against LeBron James.
Depending on whether LeBron can win another NBA championship with the Los Angeles Lakers, he may overtake Michael Jordan for that #1 spot in many people’s minds.
LeBron’s high school stats
It’s hard to believe that LeBron has been in the spotlight since he was a Freshman at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Ohio where he quickly exploded onto the national radar leading his team to a State championship in his first two years. Let’s take a quick look at Lebron James’ high school stats and accomplishments.
As LeBron progressed through his high school career and compiling Division III titles, the focus only got more intense as he became the first Sophomore to be named an All-American. His senior year really upped his visibility as ESPN began broadcasting his games in December of 2002. That propelled James into the stratosphere and and solidified his spot as the #1 NBA prospect.
LeBron James’ first 2 Years of high school stats
As mentioned, Lebron James attended St Vincent – St Mary High School in Ohio. In his freshman year he was named as a starter for the Fighting Irish, quickly becoming accustomed to high school play. LeBron hit the ground running, averaging 21 points per game, 6.2 rebounds as a Freshman; leading his team ended to a 23-1 record to take the Division III state title.
Lebron’s coach at the time was Keith Dambrot, who clearly saw potential early and quickly arranged additional practice time one-on-one with Lebron at a local training center.
That extra training produced results. During LeBron’s Sophomore season, he upped his production with averages of 25.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.8 steals and 5.8 assists. That team only lost one game again ending with a 26-1 record to take another Division III state title.
Lebron broke two records that season, he was the first Sophomore to be named as ‘Mr Basketball’ in Ohio and also the first to be named onto the USA Today All-USA first team.
He did all of this while playing American Football at the same time, and accumulated over 700 yards during the season as a wide-receiver, something that caught the eye of many college scouts.
Junior year stats (and trying the NBA Draft early)
Again, James upped his stats this year to show continuous improvement. He averaged 29 points per game, 8.3 rebounds, 3.3 steals and 5.7 assists this season and again he received the title of ‘Mr Basketball’ in Ohio.
He was on the All-USA first team and named boys’ basketball national player of the year. He become well known in Ohio this season, and this is where the nickname ‘King James’ was established.
James tried to make himself eligible for the NBA draft at the end of this season, setting up a petition to change the ruling around player eligibility. This was unsuccessful, but brought nationwide media attention to his game, featuring on the front cover of many magazines and having some of his high school games televised nationally so people could see what was happening.
He also played Football again this season, finishing with 52 receptions, over 1000 yards and 15 touchdowns.
LeBron’s senior year stats
The increased scrutiny of LeBron came with benefits (ESPN showing his games) and detriments (disputes surrounding gifts and money). The latter led James to be originally suspended for his final high school season, but after his family and school appealed that suspension, he became eligible again and the suspension was downgraded to two games and a forfeit loss for his team.
This was the only way that team would lose. It was their sole loss during his senior season. It didn’t stop LeBron from winning a third Division III title. For the season, James averaged 31.6 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.4 steals and 4.6 assists as he raised his game even further. Honors came flooding in to cap off what was an excellent high school season.
From High School to NBA stardom
After a high school career that ended with a 101-6 record and three state titles, LeBron’s four years is now ranked #2 on MaxPreps top 50 high school players ever list. It made little sense for The Chosen One to go to college so LeBron James made the right decision to take his talents directly from high school to the NBA the following year.
Drafted #1 in the 2003 NBA Draft by his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron was an instant sensation for the NBA. The numbers came easy to LeBron, but it would take some time for him to get to his first NBA Finals.
Once LeBron reached the NBA Finals, he never left; playing in an amazing eight consecutive NBA Championship series (and winning three).