In the early 2000s, St. Vincent-St. Mary became a topic of conversation throughout the United States. Under the leadership of LeBron James, they brought home 3 Ohio state championships.
LeBron James himself became a media phenomenon at the time. Although there is no social network, LeBron James’s reputation has been known to everyone in the basketball world even as a high school player. He himself was also praised by the media with the nickname “The Chosen One”, enough to make LeBron James’ influence how great at that time.
In part, has become history. LeBron James joined the NBA and is slowly becoming one of the greatest players, equal to Michael Jordan. He has 4 championships and a series of unbelievable personal achievements in more than 20 years of playing, and is still shining under the Los Angeles Lakers shirt despite being nearly 39 years old.
What about old teammates in St. Vincent-St. What about LeBron James’ Mary? All of them can’t play in the NBA, but in terms of careers, they still have certain successes in life.
Dru Joyce III
Dru Joyce III was a dribbler in the starting line-up of St. Vincent-St. Mary. He continued to play for Arkon University and moved abroad to compete after completing his 4 year bachelor’s degree.
Dru Joyce III spent the next 12 years of his career playing in Germany, France and Belarus, bringing in certain successes at the teams he played for. In 2019, Dru Joyce III retired from playing and became an assistant coach at Cleveland State University. In 2022, Joyce III became the head coach of Duquesne University and is leading the team to quite a successful competition.
Sian Cotton is the center of St. Vincent-St. Mary. However, he suddenly turned to American football after attending Ohio State University.
Sian Cotton then transferred to Youngstown State University in his third year, and NAIA Walsh University in his final year of student life. After that, Cotton did not pursue a professional sports path, but switched to another passion, music.
In 2013, one of Sian Cotton’s works was selected to be included in the list of songs for the game NBA 2k14, with LeBron James as the player appearing on the main cover of this popular game series.
Like Cotton, Wille McGee chose American football when he went to Fairmont State University. After graduating in 2008, McGee returned to St. Vincent-St. Mary, served in various coaching roles before becoming the school’s Athletic Director.
In 2015, McGee became the head coach of the Akron East University basketball team, then transferred to Akron University and Chowan University. In 2016, McGee founded the DALE program, an organization dedicated to bringing sporting events to local children with disabilities and disadvantaged backgrounds.
Currently, McGee is working for the LeBron James Family Charity.
Romeo Travis continued to pursue a career in basketball after graduating from St. Vincent-St. Mary. He played for Akron University for 4 years and became the record holder for the most blocks in the history of the school’s basketball team.
After that, Travis had a career playing abroad that spanned 14 years, spanning many countries such as Spain, Germany, Italy, Croatia, Russia, Philippines, Ukraine, Israel and France. He won the Balkan League in 2012, won the French league in 2018 and was also the MVP (Player of the Year) that season.
After retiring in 2021, Romeo Travis returned to St. Vincent-St. Mary to work as an assistant coach.