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Drawing Comparisons to LeBron James, Quincy Wilson’s Close Aide Feels the Teen Sensation Is Headed Towards Greatness

Published 04/02/2024, 5:45 PM EDT

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In the world of sports, few names carry the weight and reverence of LeBron James, widely regarded as one of basketball’s all-time greats. LeBron declared for the NBA Draft after graduating from high school in 2003. He was selected as the first overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers, making him one of the few players in NBA history to be drafted straight out of high school.

Similarly, 16-year-old Quincy Wilson is charting an extraordinary path in track and field, capturing attention both nationally and internationally. With each stride, Wilson’s ascent draws parallels to LeBron’s meteoric rise as comparisons to the All-Star legend emerge.

Quincy Wilson compared to ‘The Akron Hammer’ LeBron James

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According to TheGrio, in 2023, Quincy Wilson, who had just completed his freshman year at Bullis School in Potomac, made waves, having already won a national title at 15. He had also set indoor world records for his age group in multiple events, including the 300m, 400m, 500m, and 600m races. Joe Lee, Bullis’ track and field coach, told NBC 10 Philadelphia how his exceptional talent and achievements at a young age remind him of Los Angeles Lakers phenom LeBron James.

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Joe Lee said, “I hate to put these comparisons out there because I don’t want to put pressure on him,” Lee declared, “but it’s like seeing LeBron James very early.” Now, as we reflect on Lee’s words, Wilson’s journey has taken a monumental leap forward in 2024 as he eclipsed the fastest man alive, further solidifying his prospects for the Paris Olympics.

The 16-year-old track prodigy’s burgeoning career

At the Florida Relays, Quincy Wilson ran an impressive personal best time of 45.19 seconds in the 400m race, surpassing the times that Usain Bolt and Kirani James ran at the same age. Notably, Bolt’s best was 45.35 seconds. Wilson’s track record, including his previous achievements such as winning the New Balance Nationals Indoor title and signing a NIL deal with New Balance at the age of 15. His consistent success and dedication to the sport have garnered attention and high expectations for his future.

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With the USA Olympic Trials approaching, Wilson has the opportunity to showcase his abilities and potentially earn a spot on Team USA. Despite his youth, Wilson stands poised to follow in the footsteps of trailblazers like Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone and Erriyon Knighton, who made their mark on Team USA at tender ages. As we contemplate his meteoric rise, fans eagerly anticipate Wilson’s continued ascent, envisioning him marking his name in history much like the iconic LeBron James.

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Christaline Meyers

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Christaline Meyers is a senior Olympics writer at EssentiallySports who specializes in gymnastics and alpine skiing. Christaline is one of the acclaimed authorities in the coverage of 6x All-Around champion, Simone Biles. She has written extensively, covering every detail of Biles’s life stories as well as providing her perspective on Simone Biles’ Yurchenko Double Pike controversy.
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Sampurna Pal