He tried to declare for the NBA draft after his junior year in high school
LeBron jumped straight from high school to the NBA before the current “one and done” rule was implemented. Ironically, James wanted to head to the NBA even earlier than that. As the Gatorade National Player of the Year as a junior in high school, LeBron petitioned the NBA to enter the 2002 NBA draft. He might not have gotten his way at the time, but it’s safe to say things worked out just fine.