Local High School Star Named 'USA Today Player Of The Year'

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's Mr. Basketball LeBron James has earned yet another accolade -- named as USA Today's boys high school basketball player of the year.

Last month, James (pictured, right) became the first high school junior to become Gatorade's national basketball player of the year.

The 6-foot-7 James averaged 29 points, 8.3 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 3.3 steals last season while leading Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary to a third straight trip to the state tournament.

In March, he won Ohio's Mr. Basketball award for the second year in a row, a month after becoming the first high school underclass basketball player to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Joining James on the All-USA first team are Raymond Felton of Latta, SC; Amare Stoudemire of Orlando; Carmelo Anthony of Mouth of Wilson, Va.; and Hassan Adams of Los Angeles.

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