ESPN recently ranked the top 50 high school players of all time. Kobe ranked in at #12.

youngmambaESPN: 12. Kobe Bryant (Lower Merion/Ardmore, Pa.) -

Bryant capped his prep career with a bang as Lower Merion won Pennsylvania’s Class AAAA title (the school’s first in 53 years) and he was the consensus national player of the year. As a senior he averaged 30.8 points and 12 rebounds and left as Southeastern Pennsylvania’s all-time leading scorer with 2,883 points.

He bypassed college for the NBA draft in 1996, launching a spectacular pro career. His career continues to flourish as an 11-time NBA All-Star and three-time world champion with the Los Angeles Lakers. He earned a gold medal with the U.S. men’s team in 2008.

Watch high school highlights of Kobe Bryant.

  • kb24bestever

    so how can we check who is number 1?
    just wondering because they must of had really really good high school basketball careers.

  • WifelovesLuke

    Kobe should bring back the mini fro he had when he first joined the team. Now that brings back memories of his air balls against Utah in the conference finals. The team just kept giving him the ball and the young man just kept throwing up brick after brick. Anyone else remember that?

  • http://www.motivewebdesigns.com Mr. RJ

    LeBron will be number one

  • Lakers 24 7

    [Comment ID #67556 Will Be Quoted Here]
    And that’s why Kobe’s the best today.

    “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. ”

    -Michael Jordan