LeBron James has long captivated Ohio sports fans. Thursday he won his second NBA title with the Miami Heat. Hate him or love him, here’s a look back at
our countdown of the Top 50 Ohio HS Athletes from 1999-2009. Not
surprisingly, James headlined the list…respect.
LeBron James has long captivated Ohio sports fans. Here’s a look back at our countdown of the Top 50 Ohio HS Athletes from 1999-2009. Not surprisingly, James headlined the list…
Originally published March 26, 2010
It’s all come down to this…Today we conclude the countdown of
JJHuddle’s “Top 50 Ohio High
School Athletes of the Decade” for 1999-2009. Today we unveil the No. 1
athlete in our countdown. And it shouldn’t be a surprise!
Today’s entry is the most visible and prolific high school athlete in Ohio high school history. He’s also the King.
1. LeBron James, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, Basketball and Football, 1999-2003: James could potentially head a list of Ohio’s greatest athletes ever. The state’s only three-time Mr. Basketball winner, James is also the only Ohio native to ever win the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award. Skipping college to head straight to the NBA, where he was drafted No. 1 overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers, James had a mythical high school career.
The most visible Ohio prep athlete in history, James and his SVSM teams won three state titles and played in four finals. His senior year, James averaged 31.6 points, 9.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 3.4 steals en route to leading the Irish to the national championship. That season James and SVSM played a stacked schedule that included several of the country’s best teams and multiple national TV appearances.
Individually, James ranks fourth all-time in Ohio in scoring with 2,646 points and is the all-time leading scorer at the state tournament where he averaged 26 points per game (206 points in eight career games). The single most-attended basketball game in state tournament history is the 2003 D-II state final in which James and SVSM defeated Kettering Alter 40-36 before a crowd of 18,541 at Ohio State’s Schottenstein Center.
The second most attended game ever (18,504) was SVSM’s 71-46 win over Canton South in the 2003 semifinals.
James also starred as a wide receiver on the football field. A first team Division IV All-Ohio selection as a sophomore, James helped lead SVSM to the state semifinals as a junior (had 52 receptions for more than 1,000 yards and 15 TDs that season). He did not play as a senior. Could James have played in the NFL? Renowned high school football recruiting analyst Tom Lemming has said James would have been the country’s No. 1 football recruit as a senior as well – had he pursued it.
Yeah, he’s the King.
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