Local High School Star Makes Sports Illustrated Cover

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Basketball phenom LeBron James will receive national attention this week on the cover of Sports Illustrated (pictured, right).

The St. Vincent-St. Mary junior appears with the headline "The Chosen One." He's the first high school basketball player on the magazine's cover since Rick Mount of Indiana in 1966.

The issue hits newsstands Wednesday.

Last year, James, became the first sophomore to win the Ohio Mr. Basketball title.

Nike, Reebok and Adidas already are eager to sign endorsement deals with the 6-foot-7, 225-pound James.

The 17-year-old hasn't decided if he'll play in college or jump directly to the NBA.

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