It has been 13 years since LeBron James was dominating the high school basketball scene. Since then a lot of things have changed at the prep level. While kids can no longer go straight to the NBA out of high school, players are being recruited earlier and thanks to social media we now have access to prospects at a more personal level than ever before. (This isn’t always a great thing.)
The thing about high school basketball is that every player faces some uncertainty because you never quite know how their talent and mindset will translate to the next levels. The hierarchy of sports is a weeding out system. Only the best middle school players play big AAU and CYO minutes. Only the studs from those teams go on to play varsity in high school. The best of the best at that level find a way into college. And then the absolute pinnacle of college ball somehow sees their dreams come true.
For every LeBron James there is the sad tale of a Lenny Cooke. Both are regarded as some of the most memorable players to play high school ball, but both share two different storylines that shows prospects the positives and negatives of the limelight.
In leading up to the 2016 Spalding Hoophall Classic at Springfield College this weekend, we put together a list of the 10 Best High School Basketball Players Since 2000. This is not a list of guys who ultimately became great players–although some of them did–but a list of ones who actually were legends in high school.
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