13 times Sports Illustrated proclaimed a high school athlete the next big thing
Every so often, Sports Illustrated puts a high school player on the cover, declaring an athlete to be the next big thing. Sometimes, it works out—looking at you, LeBron James. But sometimes our predictions don't quite come to pass. Here's a look at some of SI's covers featuring high school phenoms from over the years.
In this week's issue of Sports Illustrated, Tom Verducci examines the curveball and it's prominence in baseball. The cover features a closeup of the actual finger position of the pitch. SI usually puts an athlete on the cover, but in rare instances (such as this week), the cover is all text or just a photo. Below is a collection of those covers.