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Sorry, Buckeyes. LeBron's rooting for Akron over Ohio State in the NIT

The first round of the NIT is a tough pick for the Cavs star.

Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State men's basketball faces the Akron Zips  in tonight's NIT opener, leaving LeBron James torn between his two allegiances. James has always been a Buckeye backer, but he's an Akron native, lives in the area during basketball season, and the head coach of the Zips, Keith Dambrot, is his former high school coach.

LeBron has finally picked a side, telling, "He [Akron coach Keith Dambrot] helped shaped me into who I am today as a basketball player, and it's where I'm from, so I'm going with the Zips for sure."

The four-time MVP has said before he would have donned Scarlet and Gray, had the NBA's one and done rule been in effect when he was coming out of high school. He even has a locker at Value City Arena and outfits the Buckeye team in his LeBron line from Nike.

Coach Dambrot had a feeling his former player would choose him over the school he typically roots for. "There's no doubt who he's cheering for tomorrow, trust me," he said, according to the Columbus Dispatch. "He loves Ohio State, but I think he likes me more."