LeBron James passed on Ohio high school scoring list
Luke Kennard of Franklin High in Ohio has passed LeBron James for No. 4 on the Ohio HIgh School Athletic Association career scoring list.
Kennard, a senior guard who has signed with Duke, reached 2,652 career points after scoring 44 on Friday night in a 90-64 win over Brookville. He passed James on a three-pointer near the end of the third quarter, surpassing the Cleveland Cavaliers forward's mark of 2,646 points at St. Vincent-St. Mary in Akron from 1999-2003.
"I pulled up from 3, saw it went in -- gave it the little LeBron," Kennard told reporters, according to ESPN. "That was just for fun. I'm really excited. I'm blessed to have that opportunity."
Kennard was named a McDonald's All-American last week and is the reigning Ohio Mr. Basketball.
James said he wasn't aware Kennard was close to passing him, but he is familiar with Kennard because he played for James' AAU team.
"He's good," James said when asked about Kennard on Thursday. "He's going to Duke.
"He's one of my kids. That's great. I'm happy for him."
Ohio's all-time scoring leader is Jon Diebler, who scored 3,208 points for Fostoria/Upper Sandusky from 2003-07. Diebler later played for Ohio State from 2008-11 and became both the Buckeyes' and the Big Ten's career leader in three-pointers made.
- Mike Fiammetta