LeBron James Leads St. Vincent-St. Mary High School to Third State Title
James, likely to be the top pick in this year's NBA draft, scored 25 points and had 11 rebounds as the Fighting Irish (25-1) won their third state championship in four years, beating Kettering Alter 40-36 Saturday in Ohio's Division II.
"It's just all joy," James said when asked whether he was relieved that the Irish had capped their stellar four-year run with another title.
James attempted to declare for the NBA draft after the season ended, petitioning for an adjustment to the NBA's draft eligibility rules, which at the time required prospective players to have at least completed high school. The petition was unsuccessful, but it ensured him an unprecedented level of nation-wide attention as he entered his senior year. Despite the distractions, the Irish won a third state title, with James averaging 31.6 points, 9.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 3.4 steals on the season.