There’s no surprise that basketball scouts from around the country are watching every dribble bounce and every shot scored that LeBron James’ 14-year-old son, LeBron “Bronny” James Jr. made during Nike’s EYBL Indianapolis’ matchup between Bronny’s team, Strive For Greatness Club, and the leading freshmen from Emoni Bates’ Bates Fundamentals. Both Duke and Kentucky made offers
It was a standing room only crowd, along with Lebron Sr. watching the middle schooler score 11 points to help his team to victory. Even though it was in the early stages of Bronny James’ skill levels, both Duke and Kentucky have been watching him as a serious prospect since he was in elementary school.
The hype around Bronny James
Aside from the youngster being the eldest son of basketball prodigy LeBron James, much of the hype surrounding his ball-handling skills and shooting precision are not without valid reason. But at the same time, there are many questions still left to be answered concerning Bronny’s future. Here’s a look at what recruiting experts are saying about Bronny James’ basketball skills so far:
- Evan Daniels, 247 Sports: “James showed impressive feel for the game and incredible poise for his age”.
- Bill Landis, The Athletic: “He’s similar to his dad with his apparent calmness in overwhelming moments and in his ability to facilitate, but he’s totally different physically”
- Pat Forde, Yahoo! Sports: “While Bronny was by no means the best player on the floor…he showed a high level of skill for a 14-year-old.”
So far, scouts feel Bronny James won’t have the physicality of his father in either size or athleticism. But, they also realize the youngster is only 14, and still has much room to grow. And all can agree that Bronny James plays with a high level of energy, a skill that can offset other shortcomings.
Kentucky’s offer to LeBron James Jr.
As LeBron James Jr. enters high school this year, both Duke’s Blue Devils and the Kentucky Wildcats are eyeing him as a future athletic candidate. Kentucky is the one school that has offered Bronny a standing scholarship, no matter how well (or not-so-well) his high school path takes. And with Kentucky being a Nike affiliated school, and LeBron Sr. having a good relationship with Kentucky’s Head Coach Calipari, it is almost certain Kentucky will be a major contender for selection by Bronny and his parents.
But, Duke would certainly be a higher caliber team for Bronny to qualify – and that may be worth more than the persistent commitment being made by Kentucky. LeBron Sr. has much respect for Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski after playing for him on Team USA. And as for what the scouts’ crystal ball is telling – most are making the projection that LeBron James Jr. will select Duke University in the end. But, it is still early and Bronny has a lot of ball playing and a lot of proving to do before he reaches that critical moment in his young life.
These days, some of the most highly sought after players in the major sports programs will be offered athletic scholarships as early as their sophomore or junior years in college. And we can’t forget how Bronny’s father at the age of 18-year-old was selected as number one draft pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2003 NBA draft. So these next few years will be a tell-tale sign of the young man’s future as he follows in the footsteps of one of the greatest of all-time basketball players, LeBron James Sr.