As a high school player at St. Vincent–St. Mary High School, LeBron James was already one of the best basketball players in the country. He had been offered numerous scholarships and was considering attending college at Ohio State University, the University of North Carolina, Duke University, Michigan State University, or the University of Kentucky. But after graduating high school, James decided to directly enter the NBA because likely the opportunity cost of college was simply too high. He was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the first pick in the 2003 NBA draft, signing a three-year contract worth almost $13 million, with an option for a fourth year at $5.8 million. Had he decided to attend college instead, James would have incurred an opportunity cost of at least $19 million in forgone income to earn a four-year college degree.
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