words // Brandon Richard

Before they were All-Stars, Olympians and future Hall of Famers, LeBron James and Chris Paul were high school standouts at St. Vincent-St. Mary and West Forsyth. In 2003, the seniors were rewarded with a trip to what was then known as the Jordan Capital Classic, a high school basketball showcase played at the MCI Center in Washington D.C.

With MJ in attendance, Paul set the tone for the 'Silver' team with 18 points and 5 assists, while LeBron dominated with a 34-point, 12-rebound outing for the 'Black' squad. "Throw It Down" Shannon Brown turned in a strong second half to held lead Silver to a close 107-102 victory and earned co-MVP honors with LeBron.

For the game, all players were outfitted in Jordan Brand gear, including the Air Jordan XVIII shoe. Silver wore a White/Varsity Red colorway and Black wore an all-black leather version with contrasting white accents.

Celebrating the Jordan Brand's XX8 Days of Flight, check out photos of LeBron and CP3 wearing the XVIII below, as well as some familiar faces in the official team photos.

XX8 Days of Flight // Jordan Brand Capital Classic 2003 - Black Team featuring LeBron James

XX8 Days of Flight // Jordan Brand Capital Classic 2003 - Silver Team featuring Chris Paul

LeBron James wearing Air Jordan XVIII 18 Black in 2003 Jordan Brand Capital Classic

Chris Paul wearing Air Jordan XVIII 18 Silver in 2003 Jordan Brand Capital Classic