On February 18, 2002, LeBron James was coronated on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
King James. The Chosen One. Air Apparent. Lofty expectations to place on a 17-year-old.
19 years later, James’ son LeBron “Bronny” James Jr. is facing hype of his own.
Bronny James Basketball Recruiting
The hype train took off when he was just a nine-year-old little kid. Colleges were already flirting with scholarship offers as he toured the AAU circuit. Thad Matta, the Ohio State coach at the time, joked:
“He’ll be on the recruiting radar… I need to offer him a scholarship.”
As he grew older, the attention swelled. He transferred to Sierra Canyon High School in Chatsworth, California in May 2019 to play with some of the best players in high school basketball. B.J. Boston, Ziaire Williams, Amari Bailey, and Zaire Wade have all shared the floor with the son of the biggest NBA star
Bronny has been an essential piece of the Trailblazer’s rotation at the point guard and shooting guard positions. Standing 6-foot-2 and growing, his poise, feel for the game, dunks, and smooth shooting stroke came through in clutch moments. As a freshman, Bronny had 15 points, including the go-ahead layup, against Akron-based St. Vincent-St. Mary ? his father’s alma mater. He was named the game’s MVP.
The combo guard’s sophomore season was already a wonky one due to the coronavirus pandemic. It hit another road block when he suffered a torn meniscus.
On the recruiting trail, Bronny is the 28th-ranked player in the 2023 recruiting class according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. Rivals ranks him 24th. ESPN doesn’t list him in the top 25. He has interest from Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, North Carolina, and UCLA. The Blue Devils are the favorite at the moment.
North Carolina Central head coach LeVelle Moton offered the basketball recruit a scholarship in January 2020, per The Undefeated.
Recruiting experts are having a hard time projecting how Bronny will develop.
“It is tough to judge how a player at Bronny James’ age is ultimate going to end up, but that is the projection business that we are in. I expect James to develop into a quality high major player. And with his lineage, there is a strong reason to believe that he will have a blossoming physically and in his game in the upcoming years. What will be interesting to observe is how he deals with the intense pressure and scrutiny from being the son of LeBron James. How he deals with that circumstance will have much to do with how good he becomes. He will have to go through a tough process of defining and becoming who he is as his own individual,” said Jerry Meyer, a 247Sports Basketball Analyst.Advertisement
It’s tough to say where James will play college basketball since it’s still early in the process. With a full and healthy season under his belt and the continual development of his athleticism, he could shoot up the NCAA recruiting rankings as an upperclassman.
Bronny James Highlights
The young basketball player’s fame is only going to spread. His 5.8 million Instagram followers eagerly await his next post. Drake casually went to one of his games. Luckily, Bronny has a supportive dad well-versed in handling pressure at a young age in his corner along with his mother, brother Bryce, and sister Zhuri.
Naturally, he’ll be compared to his All-Star father with every step fully-documented by the internet. We want to see what’s next for our superstars, especially when their kids have the potential of Bronny. Likening father and son is easy, but it’ll be intriguing to see how Bronny shapes his own identity. Their path could lead to sharing the NBA floor someday. If that happens, I’ll take the Lebron guy on my team.