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LeBron Showed Up To Watch A Recruit Play - This School Is Favored To Land Him

LeBron James watches his sons play basketball.

LeBron James was seen a lot on the AAU circuit this week. The Los Angeles Lakers' star forward was mostly there to support his son, LeBron Jr., whose team is one of the top in the country for their age group.

The former Cleveland Cavaliers' star was also there to support one of Akron's new phenom prospects.

LeBron showed up on Saturday to watch Chris Livingston, an 8th grader out of his hometown who might be the top player in the country for his grade.

Yahoo! Sports has the details:

James’ appearance at an obscure 16-Under grassroots game in the Fab 48 Tournament in a half-empty gym held a powerful symbolic meaning. James came to watch the next great player with Akron ties, 14-year-old Chris Livingston, who is considered perhaps the top eighth-grade player in the country.

That’s a position James once held, and the former Akron basketball prodigy traveling to a far-flung gym to watch the next one doubled as Livingston’s christening on the grassroots scene as the next great player from Ohio. Livingston is a 6-foot-5 wing who is a pure shooter, natural scorer and has a frame and strength that belies his age.

James sat in the ninth row of the bleachers at Desert Oasis, wearing a red hat pulled over his eyes and Beats headphones on his ears. When James left in the waning minutes, he stopped at the bench, grabbed Livingston’s arm and whispered some words. “It was humbling,” Livingston told Rivals.com recruiting analyst Corey Evans. “I just wanted to play hard and show my talent, not be nervous and play my game.”

LeBron has said that if he had gone to college, it would've been at Ohio State.

Livingston might be on track to do the same. He's set to visit the Buckeyes this fall.

There's clearly a long way to go with his recruitment - and, maybe, by the time Livingston is a senior, he could go straight to the NBA - but OSU is definitely in a good position.

Stay tuned.