St. Vincent-St. Mary 2002-03 boys basketball team on MaxPreps 20-year list

CLEVELAND, Ohio — In celebration of its 20th anniversary, MaxPreps produced its record of the 20 greatest one-time large faculty teams of the very last 20 many years. St. Vincent-St. Mary’s 2002-03 boys basketball group from LeBron James’ senior year was on the unranked listing.

“Before he was dominating the NBA, LeBron James was a digital wrecking crew at the prep stage. He led the Battling Irish to a 26- mark his senior season, capping a few straight seasons as a Parade All-American,” wrote MaxPreps’ Aaron Williams. “Along with Dru Joyce III, Willie McGee, Romeo Travis and Sian Cotton, St. Vincent-St. Mary was the consensus No. 1 in the country. James’ dominance was such that he led the Irish to a 101-6 mark, landed on the include of Athletics Illustrated and was the cause ESPN televised its very first higher school basketball game.”

The Combating Irish won 3 point out championships and a nationwide championship while James was in high college. His 2,646 job factors now rank seventh on the point out scoring list. The 2008 documentary “More Than a Game” depicts James’ youth and rise to stardom alongside his 4 teammates.

NBA All-Star teams practice at Wolstein Center

LeBron James requires a group photo with his teammates from St. Vincent-St. Mary.David Petkiewicz,

St. Vincent-St. Mary has remained a person of Ohio’s premier basketball programs due to the fact due to the fact James graduated. In March the Irish defeated Gilmour Academy, 65-35, to gain the Division II condition championship. It was the 10th condition title in school heritage (1984, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2009, 2011, 2017, 2018, 2021, 2022), and the seventh less than coach Dru Joyce II.

St. Vincent-St. Mary unveiled a new basketball gymnasium – LeBron James Arena – in 2013. On July 24 the faculty officially renamed the court docket soon after Joyce, who has been the head coach for 21 years.