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Collin Sexton on developing into Cavs’ leader with LeBron James gone

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Collin Sexton will be donning the Cleveland Cavaliers jersey in the post-LeBron James era. Though still a rookie, much is expected of the Cavs’ eighth overall pick. Sooner or later, he’ll be considered the leader and possibly the face of the franchise.

Sexton, 19 years old, shared his thoughts on the matter, recalling his college days in Alabama:

“I felt like at Alabama, I turned into a leader really fast so it’s going to translate, but this is a different group of guys now especially since their older. We’re going to be good,” he told Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints

Right after Sexton was drafted, he expressed his excitement to play alongside one of the greats. During that time, James has not made his decision whether to leave Cleveland or stay. Like many others, Sexton was aware of the rumors. Perhaps naively, the 19-year-old said right after being drafted, per NBA.com:

”Man, LeBron, let’s do it. Let’s do it. I’ve you needed a few extra pieces this past season, and let’s do it. Let’s go back to the Finals.”

He added:

”He’s one of the best players to ever play basketball,” Sexton said. ”Just being able to come in and learn from him, it’ll be big for me and big for my growth.”

Sexton’s words are understandable and valid. Not only did his NBA dreams come true, but he also had a chance of playing with James.  But now, the James chapter is over and done with. Sexton’s tone is a tad bit different, albeit a whole lot confident than a few weeks ago when he was selected 8th overall.

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