LeBron James made headlines all over the 2022 NBA All-Star Weekend in Cleveland with his quote about wanting to end his career playing alongside his son.
“My last year will be played with my son” James told Jason Lloyd of The Athletic. “Wherever Bronny is, that’s where I will be. I would do whatever it takes to play with my son for a year. It’s not about the money then.
James, 37, is still averaging 29.7 points per game in his 19th NBA season. He doesn’t look like he’ll be slowing down anytime soon, which means he’ll definitely still be a major factor by the time his son, Bronny, is ready for the NBA.
Bronny James Jr. just finished his junior season at Los Angeles’ mighty prep high school, Sierra Canyon.
His dad’s snippet sent the NBA world into a frenzy, wondering everything from “When is LeBron’s son eligible for the NBA Draft?” to “How good is LeBron’s son?” or “Will LeBron’s son even make the NBA?”
We have answers to all of these questions below.
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Bronny James reconnaissance report
Age: 17 years old (he will be 18 in October 2022)
Size weight: 6-3, 190 lbs.
Ranking of the class of 2023: 43rd (four stars) in ESPN’s Top 60
James’ high school career has been unorthodox so far. He played in every Sierra Canyon game as a rookie, but the coronavirus pandemic delayed the start of his sophomore year. Even though games weren’t being played at the time, James tore his meniscus in February of his second season, requiring surgery.
When the shortened season began in the spring, James had yet to recover but eventually adapted for Sierra Canyon in the playoffs.
His junior year was his first full season after injury, but he played alongside ESPN Top 100-level seniors like No. 2-ranked UCLA five-star draftee Amari Bailey and four-star prospects like the USC signing Kijani Wright and Nebraska signing Ramel Lloyd, James hasn’t always been in the limelight as one might expect.
He had highs like an 18-point performance against an elite Chicago school, Glenbard West. He also had his stockings, like being held aimlessly when Sierra Canyon was eliminated in the California State Tournament (CIF Southern Section Open).
The best way to describe Bronny’s role on this Sierra Canyon team: He was a perennial starter and elite perimeter defender, but played a reserved offensive role as a secondary shooter and scorer and playmaker.
As a 6-3 17-year-old, James is already a good size and if you consider LeBron to be 6-8, it’s probably safe to assume he’ll grow even taller by the time he enters the draft process. . He doesn’t have his dad’s wingspan, but Bronny already uses his quick feet and strength to his advantage defensively, cutting through opposing drives with ease.
He has good hands and a keen instinct to fill passing lanes, quickly turning defense into offense with his breakaway speed or shrewd passing ability to run in transition.
“Feeling the game” is something you’ll commonly read about Bronny and I think the soft skills will be front and center when he gets the chance to take over as a team’s main offensive starter.
James can play either or both, but he’s spent most of this season as a scorer and off-ball shooter. Its jump mechanic is smooth, but you’ll notice its release is a bit slow. He didn’t shoot very consistently in his junior season, but he has range and he can knock down jumpers off the dribble as well.
Bronny James has the NBA lineup. 🔥
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) December 5, 2021
He has flashes where he shows off his brilliance and athleticism to get down and get to the rim, but he doesn’t attack as often as he could. He is an ambidextrous finisher and has constant control of his body. As he grows into his body, don’t be surprised to see James becoming aggressive and putting pressure on the rim more often.
Bronny James. 🔥
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) December 5, 2021
There’s still a lot to be determined when it comes to what kind of player Bronny could be. As you would expect from the son of the greatest player of all time, the skills and IQ are already in place. The next step is to refine those tools and develop his game as his body develops.
As mentioned above, he is currently a four-star recruit and the 43rd ranked player in his high school class. How he fares in his final AAU circuit this spring and summer will have a significant impact on his standings heading into his high school season.
When is Bronny James eligible for the NBA draft?
James will first be eligible for the 2024 NBA Draft.
He will be an 18-year-old senior at Sierra Canyon next season in 2022-23.
It has yet to be determined where James will play once he graduates from high school and there are a number of different paths young prospects can take to get to the NBA these days.
From the NCAA to the G League Ignite to Australia’s NBL Next Stars program and more, a handful of prospects have paved their own paths to the NBA after high school in recent years.
Should he go the NCAA route, ESPN’s recruiting platform currently lists Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina and UCLA as schools interested in James, with Kentucky being its only offer.
This list will no doubt grow after his last summer of AAU hoops in the coming months.