The Washington Post has a feature story out this morning on five-star U of L basketball signee V.J. King, who was "once compared to LeBron James" and is now thriving at national power Paul VI.
Here's a portion of the story, which focuses on King being the first freshman starter at St. Vincent-St. Mary since James, his struggles after transferring to Paul VI, and his stellar start to his senior season.
But nothing accelerated his profile more than when his family moved back to Ohio and King enrolled at St. Vincent-St. Mary, where James made his name. After King became the first freshman to start since James and led the Fighting Irish to the state final, comparisons sprouted and the media labeled him "The Next King of Akron."
"At first, it was kind of cool, because you're being compared to LeBron," King said. "But by my sophomore year, it was difficult because I wanted to be my own person."
Perspective came by way of a talk with James himself. After meeting the Cleveland Cavaliers star and working out with him for a week during the summer of 2012, King gained a mentor who offered wisdom generated from his own trek through stardom.
"LeBron made it very clear to VJ from the beginning, there's no sense in you trying to be me because you can't be me anymore than I can be you," King's father, Vincent Sr., recalled. "He told him ‘My time has passed and your time is now.' For him to say that to VJ really let VJ be comfortable in himself."
You can read the entire piece here.