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A Year By Year Look At LeBron James

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1999-2003 LeBron James (High School)

LeBron James attended St. Vincent-St. Mary High School with his AAU teammates Sian Cotton, Dru Joyce III, and Willie McGee. While in high school, James played basketball and football and excelled in both. James averaged 21 points and 6 boards per game his freshmen year, leading the Fighting Irish to a 27-0 record and a state title. The next year was even more impressive, as James averaged 25.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, 5.8 assists, and 3.8 steals per game, as well as another state championship. James was also the first sophomore to be named to the USA Today All-USA first time. He only continued to get better, as he averaged 29 points, 8.3 boards, 5.7 assists and 3.3 steals per game. James was named Ohio’s MR. Basketball and made it on USA Today’s First Team again, as well as becoming the first junior to win Gatorade’s National Player of the Year. After his junior season, James contemplated entering the NBA draft by petitioning the league’s draft eligibility rules but was unsuccessful. James’ senior year was impressive as well, improving upon all of his stats and being named to the USA Today All-USA basketball team, as well as being named Ohio’s Mr. Basketball and the Gatorade National Player of the Year. James completed the season by playing in the EA Sports Roundball Classic, the Jordan Capital Classic, and the McDonald’s All-American Game and entered the 2003 NBA Draft.

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