I watched Lebron in HS. His hand picked, private school, AAU all star team ran through all the local small town schools who grew up playing together. They couldn't recruit and get away with it as easily as he and his private school. As a HS basketball coach I wasn't a fan of him then and I'm even less of a fan now.
On the other hand his popularity in HS was nice. Myself and the rest of our coaching staff sold our state semi game tix and watched the game from the bar. It paid for the entire state tournament for us and we still were able to go to the championship game