The jersey that LeBron James wore in his junior year, when he attended St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio, has hit the auction block. And it’s expected to go for some really big bucks.
It’s the same jersey James wore on the 2002 cover of Sports Illustrated when he was 17 years old and the top high school player of his class. The jersey is green and gold and bears the No. 23 with the word “Irish” on the front.
TMZ reports that James gave it to an old friend some time ago, who then handed it to Goldin Auctions. The company’s founder, Ken Goldin, believes the jersey will be sold in the “mid-six figure” range before bidding concludes on October 19.
At the time, the teen basketball phenom was the first underclassman to be on a Sports Illustrated cover. And during his junior year, James averaged 30 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists — not to mention he received national media coverage on a regular basis.
James also won Ohio’s award of Mr. Basketball three times during his high school days, before becoming the top pick in the NBA’s 2003 draft.
While in the pros, the now 34-year-old won three NBA championships, two with the Miami Heat and one with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He also won the NBA’s MVP four times and made 15 all-star appearances. The forward and occasional point guard has been to the NBA Finals eight consecutive times as well.
In July of last year, it was announced that James signed with the Los Angeles Lakers after he opted out of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He’ll now play with Anthony Davis, who was traded to the Lakers from the New Orleans Pelicans during this current offseason.