LeBron James Jr. is getting ready to enter high school – he’ll be attending Sierra Canyon in California with Dwyane Wade’s son, along with several other top prospects – and the recruiting hype is heating up.
The son of the Los Angeles Lakers star played at one of the biggest AAU tournaments in the world earlier this month, competing at Peach Jam.
LeBron Jr., who’s considered to be a high-major prospect, earned the following honest evaluation from NBC Sports’ Rob Dauster.
Back to Bronny, he was the third-best guard on his team and it wasn’t all that close. Dior Johnson might be the best guard in the Class of 2022, and Skyy Clark isn’t all that far behind. Bronny, who was playing against kids a year older than him, was more or less relegated to playing a 3-and-D role on his team. And he did that well, but at 6-foot-1, that’s only going to get him so far in basketball.
I think the best way to view Bronny as a prospect is that he’s probably going to be a high-major talent, but the idea that he is a surefire pro and guaranteed top five pick is an unfair level of expectation to put on the kid. So much of that will depend on how much he grows and whether or not he can handle the pressure of being the GOAT Jr.
LeBron James Jr., who goes by Bronny, is still four-plus years away from playing college basketball (and it’s actually possible that the could be allowed to go straight to the NBA), though it’s never too early to start talking potential colleges.
There are four schools that make the most sense right now.
The Blue Devils might be the favorite right now, as long as LeBron Jr. is good enough to play in Durham. He already has a “standing scholarship offer” and Coach K has been spotted at one of his games this year.
LeBron has great respect for Coach K, having played for him on Team USA. There’s also a strong Nike connection.
Duke currently has the lone “Crystal Ball” projection on 247Sports’ commitment predictions page, too.
Coach K just pulled up to watch Bronny James 🤩 pic.twitter.com/A7dsjljsSh
— Overtime (@overtime) April 27, 2019
If Coach Cal is still with the Wildcats by the time Bronny, a class of 2023 recruit, is making his commitment, Kentucky will certainly be in play.
Kentucky is also a huge Nike school like Duke and LeBron has a relationship with Calipairi.
Bronny reportedly has a “standing scholarship offer” from Kentucky, too.
The Wolverines are the favorite according to one ESPN analyst, as Michigan is now led by LeBron’s former teammate in Juwan Howard.
Juwan Howard should be good hire @umichbball, especially because he’ll bring @MiamiHEAT culture of work ethic & toughness he learned from Pat Riley & Eric Spoelstra. He’ll likely get Bronny James & Zaire Wade. Beilein culture was great, too. Fab Five culture? Fun times but nah.
— Fran Fraschilla (@franfraschilla) May 22, 2019
It’s tough to envision LeBron, an Ohio State fan, sending his son to Michigan, though.
LeBron, despite leaving the Cavs for the Lakers, still has strong ties to the state of Ohio. He actually has a locker inside the Buckeyes’ arena and his Nike brand sponsors the team.
The Lakers star has said he would’ve gone to Ohio State if he had attended college – maybe his son actually will.
What’s your current LeBron Jr. prediction?