James wins, awaits SUV inquiry today

Published: Monday, January 27, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 27, 2003 at 1:45 a.m.

AKRON, Ohio - LeBron James left his Hummer at home and rode the team bus to Sunday's game. He may learn soon if it was his last high school game.

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Lebron James, who helped his St. Vincent-St.. Mary team improve to 14-0 Sunday, could learn today if he will have to forfeit his amateur status.

The Associated Press

James had 25 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists to lead St. Vincent-St. Mary, the nation's No. 1-ranked team, to a 82-71 win over Akron Buchtel.

With his team leading by just five points entering the fourth quarter, James scored 11 points in the final eight minutes to help the Fighting Irish (14-0) survive one of their toughest challenges this season.

Today, the Ohio High School Athletic Association is expected to end its two-week investigation to determine whether James compromised his amateur status by accepting a Hummer H2 sports utility vehicle as a gift.

OHSAA commissioner Clair Muscaro has spent two weeks gathering information. The car's base retail price is $50,000.

If the OHSAA strips James of his amateur status, Muscaro said the senior would be ineligible for the rest of the season and the school would have to forfeit games from the time he received the SUV.

Gloria James reportedly obtained a bank loan to buy the Hummer, which was shipped from California equipped with three TVs and computer game hookups.

She would not comment on the inquiry following Sunday's game.

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