‘Love to See it’: LeBron James Reacts to St. Vincent – St. Mary’ Malaki Branham Becoming Ohio’s Mr. Basketball

Published 04/10/2021, 3:04 AM EDT
Jan 12, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) tosses powder in the air before a game against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports


LeBron James is the greatest basketball player from Ohio. The Akron native has revolutionized the NBA since his arrival. Having played for over 18 years in the NBA, people forget about LeBron’s playing career before the NBA. He was a high-school prodigy, bringing national attention to his game. He had the honor of being named Ohio’s Mr. Basketball for three years.

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LBJ gives props to Malaki Branham

But now, there is a new young star who has that title. St Vincent – St. Mary’s Malaki Branham has been named Ohio’s Mr. Basketball. He is the first player from St Vincent – St. Mary’s since LeBron James to achieve that feat. James took to Twitter to congratulate Branham, noting that he had an excellent high school career, and looked forward to seeing what he would do next in basketball.

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Branham himself reacted to the honor. He noted that being on the same list as LeBron James is a privilege, but also an indicator of how much work he has to do. Branham vowed to work harder going forward, and try to reach his full potential over the rest of his career. He refused to let anyone or anything get in the way of his goals and desired achievements in basketball.

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“And to be on this list with LeBron just shows me that there is more work to be done. It makes me understand that there are more goals I want to accomplish and it’s going to make me work even harder than ever and not let anyone or anything get in my way.”

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James himself won this accolade on three occasions, before making his way to the NBA. Much like Kobe Bryant, James didn’t go through the collegiate system. He entered the NBA draft as an incredible prospect from high school, and went number one overall in the 2003 draft. Since then, he’s gone on to win multiple NBA championships, MVPs, All-Star nominations, and All-NBA nominations.

Mar 7, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Team LeBron forward LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers (23) is introduced before the 2021 NBA All-Star Game at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
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Can Malaki Branham replicate the success LeBron James has had in the NBA? Talents on the level of LeBron James come once in a lifetime, and the bar is set pretty high for him. However, Branham has shown that he is talented enough to make waves in the sport. Now all he has to do work hard in order to reach his full potential in the sport.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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