LeBron James went from being a stand-out high school prospect to one of the greatest basketball players of all time. James made the transition to the NBA directly from high school, skipping the collegiate process altogether.
James was one of the most hyped high school prospects in NBA history and was considered good enough to go 1st overall in the 2003 NBA Draft despite not having the college experience.
The hype surrounding James was so high that he even made the cover of Sports Illustrated as a high schooler, and his basketball games with St. Vincent - St. Mary's high school were even broadcasted on ESPN.
But James wasn't just a great player in high school, he was also a great teammate and leader. James was one of the best passers in the high school circuit, and that was one of his strengths coming into the league.
On top of that, James' abilities as a leader made him a highly sought-after prospect in the NBA. One recent clip exhibits just how committed he was to his team, his coaches, and the game.
In this clip, LeBron's high school coach was telling a younger player that he had a bad attitude and he would be punished for that attitude. His coach was being frank but respectful toward the player. But the player decided to respond abruptly saying that he didn't have attitude problems.
Before the coach could respond, James stepped in and told the player to listen to his coach and to be a team player and leader as a point guard. It was a moment that showed how mature James was even when he was in high school.
James parlayed his maturity and leadership into a historic career in the NBA. James has solidly established himself as one of the greatest players of all time. These clips from high school show that James did everything right even before he got to the league.