You have to wonder what the impact would have been had that group gone to Buchtel. Certainly STVM basketball would be considerably less. Certainly LeBron would still have been a great player. But would he have been "The Chosen One"? Would he, could he, have gotten the publicity playing in the Akron City Series that he did playing around the country the way that team did? The freedom (maybe too much freedom?) the Irish schedule offered certainly helped build his brand in high school. Had he gone to Buchtel, the Griffs definitely would have won the state titles that the Irish did, but would LeBron have been considered the transcendent player that he was for STVM? He never was one who wanted to average 40 a game. So what would his legacy have been as a great player at Buchtel who dominated the City Series for four years? Certainly still as an all-time great player. But I wonder if his impact on Buchtel would have been as long-lasting as his impact on STVM. Would players still have wanted "to follow in his footsteps" to play a City Series schedule? And not to knock the City Series, but the Irish status as an independent makes it much easier for them to cobble together a schedule that a team in the City Series (or in most conferences) could not match. The decision of that group to go to STVM rather than Buchtel was certainly a game-changer, as you say, for both schools. But it likely also worked out better in the long run for LeBron as well.And just think. LeBron and some of his buddies went to buchtel middle school. What a game changer that would have been over the last 20 years.