LeBron James absolutely thrilled for top high school prospect from alma mater
Another talent from St. Vincent-St. Mary is on the rise and Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James is extremely proud. He was so hyped, The King flocked to Twitter to congratulate and further motivate the young gun.
Malaki Branham became the first Ohio Mr. Basketball from St. Vincent-St. Mary since LeBron in 2003. That’s one heck of a feat and the four-time NBA MVP himself saluted Branham for his stellar high school career, leading the Fighting Irish to the state title.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 8, 2021
LeBron was crowned Ohio Mr. Basketball three times in his historic high school career. Branham is aware that he has forged his name right beside LBJ—the best ever to ever don the Fighting Irish jersey. But rather than be in awe of the shadow cast by the Lakers megastar, Branham wants to treat his latest achievement as additional fuel to his fire (via Ashley Bastock of the Akron Beacon Journal).
“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,” per .
Branham averaged 21.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.8 steals per game this season and led St. Vincent-St. Mary to a stellar 25-2 record. The do-it-all forward capped off his senior year with a 37-point outburst in the state championship game.
— OHSAASports (@OHSAASports) April 7, 2021
Branham will continue his fast-rising career close to home after committing to Ohio State University. For sure, LeBron James will be watching.