Akron, Ohio native, LeBron James said in the past that had he attended college he would have become an Ohio St. Buckeye. He has since had a close relationship with the school’s men’s basketball program, outfitting them in LBJ brand Nike gear.
To show their appreciation, and to also flaunt their ties with the world’s best player to potential recruits, the team has given King James an honorary locker in their locker room. The name plate has his name, hometown, and his jersey number 6.
LeBron became an honorary member of the team in 2009.
The Buckeyes have given James a locker and it will be used to display James’ branded Nike gear the school uses to help in recruiting, coach Thad Matta told reporters in Columbus on Tuesday. Ohio State started wearing James’ signature uniforms and shoes in 2007. Matta made James an honorary member of the team at a ceremony in 2009.
“We always want to pay our respects to him for what he did for us in ’07, in terms of we were the first LeBron school,” Matta said. “And obviously we get tremendous product from him, and I know he’s very proud of what he does for us.”