Bronny James is entering his final year of high school, coming from a great summer and European tour with his high school team, Sierra Canyon, last month. LeBron JamesThe eldest son kept his recruitment a secret throughout his high school career, but some schools are emerging as viable options and official visits are scheduled in the fall.
His first visit took place over the weekend as Bronny, LeBron and Agent Rich Paul traveled to Columbus, Ohio, and were seen on the sidelines before Ohio State Football Notre Dame game. Ohio State’s student division started chanting “We want Bruni” after spotting them.
Where else is Bronny likely to visit this fall and where will he end up playing next season? Yahoo Sports takes a look at the teams known to have James, how he would fit in with the program and other high school recruits who could join him.
If there was a previously preferred program, Ohio would be.
Born in Columbus, LeBron was born and raised in Akron and has said in the past that if he hadn’t played basketball, he would have been widely received and played in Ohio State. The university sponsors the Nike division of LeBron, where athletes on the men’s and women’s basketball teams wear LeBron-designed shoes while the soccer team wears LeBron-designed cleats. LeBron has participated in many Ohio State sporting events over the years, and it would be quite a homecoming if Bronney chose to play with Chris Holtman and his staff.
The Buckeyes are doing a great job developing guards and they have a few notable alumni currently in the NBA: D’Angelo Russell, Mike Conley Jr. , Duane Washington Jr. And most recently, the 20th selection in the 2022 NBA Draft, Malaki Branham. The Buckeyes finished last season 20-12 and fourth in the Big Ten.
Ohio State already has two commitments in its 2023 high school class: Four-star strength striker Devin Royal Austin Parks Center. There is availability and space for Bruni to enter and compete for early playtime. He is one of the best defenders on the ball in his class and has a solid jacket. It’s a plug-and-play guard made more comfortable as your primary ball handler.
There was a report from On 3 Sports Which was named Oregon as the luckiest. LeBron quickly shut down those speculations Mentioned in a tweet“He hasn’t had one visit yet and only made a few calls with coaches and universities. When Bruni makes his choice you’ll hear from him.”
Oregon is the home school for the Nike brand, and head coach Dana Altman has already named the top players in her high school class of 2023. Five stars Kwame Evans And the Four Stars Mookie Cook I’ve already committed to ducks along with a four-star guard jackson shilstad. Cook was actually cast to play a young LeBron in a feature film about his childhood and high school career that will be released next year and filmed last summer.
“It’s kind of hard to play LeBron because he’s literally one,” Cook told Yahoo Sports. “Of course I’ve seen a lot of movies and the way he’s seen the game at such a young age, man, it’s something else.”
Bronny’s collaboration with the player who played his father in a movie would be fun to watch on the field, but LeBron made it clear that it’s still early in the process, and reports that Oregon is the number one captain appear to be incorrect.
Coach Joanne Howard and LeBron have had a great relationship for years. Howard made back-to-back trips to the Sweet 16 in his first two seasons as head coach and changed the course of the program.
There are always a few things to consider when choosing a college program. Howard played in the NBA for 19 seasons and was an assistant coach when LeBron played for the Miami Heat and won two championships in South Florida. Trusting a coach and his staff to push Bruni every day in training can give Michigan a slight advantage.
The only thing that could hurt Michigan’s chances of landing Bronnie is a school sponsored by Jordan Brand. This may not seem like a big deal, but to put things into perspective, all of Bronny’s other potential college programs are sponsored by Nike. Bronny played on Nike-sponsored teams throughout his high school career. LeBron is one of Nike’s biggest athletes, and there is no doubt that the name, image and likeness opportunities that can surround Bronny will be considered.
The Wolverines have no commitment from any players in the 2023 High School Recruitment class yet, but they are in a good position with the five-star Isaiah Collier Four star center Abi Edge. Bronny played alongside top bouncers throughout his high school career. He played with NBA guards Brandon Boston Jr. and Zayer Williams, and last year played ball alongside UCLA freshman Amari Bailey.
Coach Andy Enfield and two of his assistants sat courtside for every Bronney game at Nike’s Peach Jam in July. USC is her hometown school and it would be relatively easy for LeBron and the rest of the family to be in the home games when schedules allow. Bruni’s little brother, Bryce, is only a sophomore and will be playing with his older brother this season. Bryce is starting to get into his own game, listed at 6-foot-5, Bryce will only be an hour away and can still be close to his family.
USC finished last season 26-8 and third in Pac-12. The Trojans are not committed to the 2023 high school class yet but are in a good position with James and his five star prospects AJ Johnson And the Isaiah Collier.
Benny Hardaway is the latest coach to be involved in the Bronnie recruitment process. Similar to Howard and Michigan, Hardaway brings professional experience to the college level and has had top players in the past. James Wiseman, Precious Uchiwa, and Galen played two roles under Hardaway and were first-round picks in the NBA. Last year, Hardaway had the best recruit in the state, Emoni Bates, but due to injuries, Bates didn’t play a ton in his freshman year and ended up moving to eastern Michigan in his hometown.
Last season, Hardaway added Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown to his coaching staff. The knowledge and depth that the pair brings would be of interest to the James family and an option to explore. Now, Memphis is in a good place with one of the best guards in the class, DJ Wagner Jr.but she has yet to receive a player in the high school class of 2023.