LeBron James top pick in NBA Draft

June 26, 2003 at 11:55 PM
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NEW YORK, June 26 (UPI) -- Cleveland made high school star LeBron James the top pick in the NBA draft Thursday night to ignite what the team hopes is a quick rebuilding process.

The 6-8, 240-pound James became the second high school player taken with the No. 1 pick.

James has already received a $90 million endorsement contract and has caused a jump in ticket sales.

Darko Milicic of Serbia went second in the draft to Detroit, Syracuse's Carmelo Anthony was chosen No. 3 by Denver and Toronto picked Chris Bosh of Georgia Tech at No. 4.

The rest of the top 10 was made up of Dwayne Wade of Marquette to Miami; Chris Kaman of Central Michigan to the Los Angeles Clippers; Kirk Hinrich of Kansas to Chicago; T.J. Ford of Texas to Milwaukee; Mike Sweetney of Georgetown to New York and Jarvis Hayes of Georgia to Washington.

Nine college seniors, four high schoolers and eight international players were taken in the first round.

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