Meet the High School Basketball Player Who Was Once Considered Better Than LeBron James

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  • Published on:  Monday, July 3, 2017
  • Meet the High School Basketball Player Who Was Considered Better Than LeBron James -- this is the story of Lenny Cooke, a high school basketball player who was ranked higher than LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire in the summer of 2001.

    sources:
    http://uproxx.com/smokingsection/lenny-cooke-documentary-trailer/
    http://www.zagsblog.com/2012/03/04/melo-amare-reflect-on-the-legend-of-lenny-cooke/
    http://sports.cbslocal.com/2016/07/18/hs-hoops-legend-lenny-cooke-discusses-career-mistakes-lebron/
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/04/sports/basketball/lenny-cooke-star-to-be-who-never-was.html?pagewanted=2&_r=2& (all these articles literally says cooke was considered the best going into the camp, for those commenting about ranking)

    more sources
    http://www.espn.com/recruiting/s/cooke.html
    http://www.nydailynews.com/archives/sports/cooke-hungry-success-lenny-rebound-run-in-lebron-article-1.668499
    http://www.sfgate.com/tv/article/Lenny-Cooke-review-Better-than-LeBron-then-5079897.php
    https://www.sbnation.com/nba/2014/2/11/5400462/lenny-cooke-movie-documentary-toronto-raptors

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  • Big Luu

    Big Luu

     8 months ago +3

    Lenny’s my school security guard now 😂 dead ass

  • Julian Overton

    Julian Overton

     9 months ago +1

    He seems to have grown up and matured in the right way. That’s what counts at the end of the day for the kids and generations to come. God bless him.

  • diamandis80

    diamandis80

     a years ago +1

    24K last year, 185K now. Noice. Keep up the good work.

  • SECRET SCRATCHER

    SECRET SCRATCHER

     a years ago

    Wow, that is an incredible story. Good to see he is using his experience to help the younger players coming up.

  • Infernosaur

    Infernosaur

     a years ago

    I’m really wondering what Lenny is doing now?

  • James woods

    James woods

     a years ago

    Thanks that's what I tell my kids all the time finish school. Its like building a house. Its no go with out the foundation..

  • naddy gam

    naddy gam

     a years ago

    He did NOT have what it takes! A cautionary tale.

  • benjamin padilla

    benjamin padilla

     a years ago +3

    He reached his peak to early and its downhill from there.

  • Mikey Mike

    Mikey Mike

     a years ago

    Dope mini-documentary

  • Smartboard Kicks

    Smartboard Kicks

     a years ago +8

    Cooke is a representation of what would have happened to LeBron had he caved to the ghetto culture in his neighborhood and let his ego get the best of him. Oof. But hey, at least the guy didn't die. I have heard stories about that.

  • kamenballer

    kamenballer

     a years ago +1

    He should went to College.

  • Daryl Christian Rivera

    Daryl Christian Rivera

     a years ago

    Great vid

  • Rhonda L

    Rhonda L

     a years ago

    Love your show!

  • Mr Chris Carter FX

    Mr Chris Carter FX

     a years ago +2

    Dang Lebron taking away everyone legacy 😭

  • Ralph Wilson

    Ralph Wilson

     a years ago

    Great video bro. I'm a new fan ✊✊ stay up

  • JJ

    JJ

     a years ago +1

    The day lebron became king

  • Blaze up

    Blaze up

     a years ago

    He just outgrinded him, it's that simple. i remember guys above me in high school, now i feel like they dont have anything i would want. lebron just stayed focused for longer, luck and skill. lenny had neither. he could only dominate 15-17 year olds.

  • Jesus Zamarripa

    Jesus Zamarripa

     a years ago

    Melo was skinny af lmao

  • Ahsan Allahi

    Ahsan Allahi

     a years ago

    This is sad! Just imagine how good Lebron was in high school. This kid had huge potential but shit happens I guess

  • Ronald Aldridge

    Ronald Aldridge

     a years ago +1

    Not showing up for school, workouts, bad work ethics, always hanging out at parties, unprepared, arrogant, ... now you tell me what sport franchise would take a chance on a guy like this dude?...He wasn't even mentally prepared for the next level ..