Originally Posted by chosen_one6
So you honestly think that with the amount of zone run in college that LeBron would average 30 ppg? He had a very mediocre jumpshot coming out of high school, and this is coming from a huge LeBron fan. I highly doubt if teams guarded the paint against LeBron that he would have had such an easy time.
I think the people saying LeBron would averaged 25-30 or more a game in college really don't watch much college basketball, if any at all. The best scorers in college, in terms of PPG and leading the nation and/or their conference or whatever, are usually very good shooters. Like you said, there's a lot of zone defense in college that just screams for guys like Jimmer, Durant, Morrison, Reddick, etc. to light up the scoreboard. Not sure LeBron would've been able to be as ball dominant in college as he was from day one in the NBA. College offenses are more team and ball movement oriented. Quick passing, ball-reversal, screens, double/stagger screens, etc. Only in extreme and rare situations do you see a coach call for a player to get the ball in an ISO situation. And, when you do, it's usually in a 1-4 flat type set at the end of the half or game.
I think LeBron's all-around numbers would be very good, but he just didn't have the type of game coming out of high school that lent itself to putting up big scoring numbers in college. Not that he wouldn't have the occasional 30 point game, but him averaging that many or close to that many? I don't see it.