If you haven’t read the story Tom Verducci did on Bryce Harper, here you go. The 16-year-old from Las Vegas is the LeBron James of baseball, a high school sensation.
“Be in the Hall of Fame, definitely. Play in Yankee Stadium. Play in the pinstripes. Be considered the greatest baseball player who ever lived. I can’t wait.”
The story reads like a fairy tale and perhaps Harper is the real deal. But before you dream of Harper someday playing for the Yankees, you should know that SI once decided a high school guard from Maryland, Tamir Goodman, would be a huge star in basketball. Goodman came to Queens to play in a tournament in 2000 and a kid from Mount Vernon, N.Y., put 52 points on him.
Goodman went on to play at Towson State for two years before he quit. The kid from New York was Ben Gordon, who led the Chicago Bulls in scoring this season.
Trying to predict which 16-year-old will be a star is only slightly less difficult than winning the lottery. At best, it’s an educated guess.
Still, it’s fun to try and the story is an interesting one.