Date: 2003

The attention LeBron James receives as a high school senior is unprecedented. ESPN broadcasts his games on national television, he appears on the cover of Sports Illustrated, and spectators pay a purported $100 per ticket to see him ball. James doesn't fold under the intense spotlight, either. He averages more than 30 PPG  and leads St. Vincent-St. Mary's to an Ohio state championship.

He also accepts a Hummer H2 for his 18th birthday and was suspended for receiving a pair of throwback jerseys as payment for posing for pictures. Teenagers can't handle the crippling pressure of post-prom coitus, so LeBron's empire building is pretty badass by comparison.