On this day 19 years ago, a 17-year old LeBron James rocked his ESPN debut during his senior year. His high school, St. Vincent-St. Mary was paired against Oak Hill Academy for a Thursday night fixture.
LeBron James was electrifying on the court as he posted 31 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists to help his team secure the win. He recorded a field goal accuracy of 48.0%, netting 12 of 25 field goal attempts. From beyond the arc, he completed 2 out of his 6 three-pointers attempted, while registering 62.5% accuracy from the free-throw line.
In one of the clips posted by SportsCenter Next, the presenter clearly refers to him as the best high school player ever, stating that LeBron James was better than Kobe Bryant when he was 17 years old. His extraordinary skills were on display as he found his teammates in the court with brilliant passes and had a good read of the game.
By the end of his senior year, he had racked up an average of 31.6 points, 9.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 3.4 steals per game. After which he was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the first overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft.