Front row, left to right: Aurelia Davidson, Terrell Binlon, Pamela Shannon. Seated: Timothy Bankston, Rodney Hull, Edgar Chapman, Thomas Price. Third row: Coach George Stanton, Bobby Tribble, Daniel Patton, David Knight, Ronnie Doss, Head Coach Bob M. Hambric. Back row: Coach Bill Alderson, Terry Sampson, Kenneth Allen, Ben Wilson, Tony Rice.
"LeBron will eventually be able to play 1, 2 , and 3 man in the NBA"..the key word is 'eventually'... so I guess, 'eventually' he should be drafted. Tell me something...do you work? If so, did your employer hire you because of what you were able to do, or what you may 'eventually' do? See my point. No one is saying that LeBron won't be a great NBA player...but what about players such as Kwame Brown (Wizards) that was as great as LeBron...no one mentions him now nor has he lived-up to the hype, but he is still a good player. In other words, I'd rather have a PROVEN player such as Anthony or Collision, which can make an immediate impact, rather than pay someone millions on what they may 'eventually' do. It's sad that you have a high school player dominating against other kids and he may be #1 in the draft, and most people wouldn't even know who Anthony (who is the best player in college not high school) is if it weren't for the championship. Trust me, Anthony is the better player, regardless of whether or not Syracuse would have made a tourny run. Just makes you wonder how many other Carmelo Anthony's are out there, maybe even at the high school level, but most people wouldn't know since they have been Lebron-blinded by all the media hype!
PS: Ben Wilson (early '80's) fron Simeon was from the same mold as LeBron but was a better player in high school than LeBron. he was 6'9 and could handle the point, even with the flashiness of LeBron, but he actually had a consistent outside shot. Anyone who has seen both play will agree. Unfortunately, Wilson died from a gunshot wound in Chicago before he gradutated. My point being that most younger people only know of LeBron, but he isn't the 1st, nor the best, to ever play high school ball at the level he plays, He's just so happens to be the most recent. Bare in mind, we didn't have Satellite and ESPN covering high school games back in the day so a lot of players then didn't get the exposure and notoriety of James. I'm glad for the kid, and he seems as if he would be a success no matter what he decided to do with his life.
[ May 27, 2003, 01:41 PM: Message edited by: Austin/Dallas ]