For the past three years, no one has challenged him for the top spot. He's the only high school player in history to ever command 90 million dollars from Nike, take a cool mil from Upper Deck just for his signature and use his NBA salary as laundry money his first year in the league.
In addition to LeBron, five other high school comrades declared for the NBA Draft and five of the six appear in our top dozen. So, without further deliberations, here's one man's thoughts on the top dozen high school seniors.
LeBron James, SG, Akron (OH): See NBA Draft Lottery.
David Padgett, C, Reno (NV): Efficient, skilled and crafty. Son of a coach, grandson of a coach and willing to be coached himself. Signed with Kansas. Shannon Brown, SG, Maywood (IL): Super athlete. Big time perimeter talent is a strong driver and reliable deep shooter. Headed to Michigan State.
Charlie Villanueva, SF, Blairstown (NJ): Has many gifts and plays two forward positions but prefers working in open space on the wing. Declared for draft and is unsigned.
Chris Paul, PG, Clemmons (NC): "Mr. Intangible." The guy everyone enjoys playing with because he's unselfish. Don't let the "Mr. Nice Guy" act fool you, he's tough as nails on the court. Headed to Wake Forest.
Mustafa Shakur, PG, Wynnewood (PA): So good at finding open teammates that it's almost embarrassing if you don't get open for him. Great body for position. Signed with Arizona.
James Lang, C, Birmingham (AL): Recruiting scenario had everyone guessing all year. Has made strides with his game but could use the college experience to continue the transformation. Declared for the draft and is unsigned.
We'll be debuting our Insiders.com final Top 100 from 2003 in the next few days so be on the lookout!
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