LeBron stars in final high school act
LeBron still mum on plans, but his actions say pro
LeBron still mum on plans, but his actions say pro

Posted Apr 18, 2003

With Michael Jordan watching, LeBron James played his final high school all-star game, and with it violated NCAA freshmen eligibility rules almost assuring he will turn pro.

Playing in the final game of his high school career, LeBron James of (St. Vincent-St. Mary's, OH) -- MVP of the Black Team -- couldn't overcome Silver Team MVP Shannon Brown's 27 points and eight assists, as the Silver Team won 107-102 in the 30th Annual Jordan Capital Classic on Thursday at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C.

James who is likely to be the No. 1 pick in the June NBA Draft said he "hasn't set a date for his announcement." James can no longer attend college since he has played in three post season All-Star games.

NCAA rules state that a player may only compete in two post season games. James stated that if he would of attended college his three schools would of been "North Carolina, Florida and Michigan State (after looking over at Brown who has committed to Michigan State). James also becomes the first player to ever win MVP honors in three post season all-star games.

James started off slowly once again missing his first three shots then went on to make his next five shots, including two crowd-pleasing dunks and two 3-pointers. James finished the first half with 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists, as the Black Team led 54-50 at the half. Chris Paul and Dion Harris each scored 11 points and J.R. Giddens finished the first half 10 points for the Silver Team.

The game was close throughout with the Silver Team holding a 94-93 lead with 4:22 to go in the game after a James layup. Brown then scored eight of the Silver Teams 11 final points to lead the Silver Team to the win.

Chris Paul also had an all-round game with 18 points, six rebounds, five assists and six steals.

Linas Kleiza, who will decide between Missouri and Florida State next week, finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Black Team.

Kleiza came into the game with something to prove. "I wanted to prove to people that I belonged on the McDonald's Team.

The crowd of 18,424 came to see James play his final high school game and didn't go home disappointed. James was a little disappointed about the lose, but did said "if it would of been St. Vincent-St. Mary's with a loss I would of been upset.

Notes: If you didn't know any better you would of thought this game was played in Los Angeles at the Staples Center. Some of the celebreties, athletes, coaches in attendents were: Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, Coach John Thompson, Spike Lee, Warren Sapp, Carmelo Anthony, Coach Morgan Wootten, Red Auerbach, Max Kellerman, Ludacris and Bow Wow.

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