YouTube Gold: three very promising recruits with unique challenges

Here is a video of three of the most interesting high school players: Bronny James, DJ Wagner and Jared McCain.

Wagner is likely to come down to a classic Kentucky-Louisville battle while McCain is committed to Duke and James is seen as a possible Duke target.

Of the three, Wagner must deal with the legacy of being perhaps the first third-generation McDonald’s recruit – behind grandfather Milt and father DaJuan – and the subject of a very personal recruiting battle as DaJuan played for John Calipari in Memphis and Milt played in Louisville and recently returned to the basketball team, but not as a coach.

McCain may have to part ways with his TikTok persona in some ways. We don’t know and we could be wrong, but at some point, and it’s probably inevitable, if not necessarily from Duke – it could come from the media or maybe even TikTok users – people will wonder what interests him the most. It’s not fair, but you can kind of see it coming.

None of them have to deal with what young James has to do.

Being Bronny is probably better than being LeBron Jr. Stop and think about it for a minute: how many kids of great athletes are great athletes themselves? The Wagnes are obviously exempt from that but that hasn’t happened for Michael Jordan’s sons. It didn’t happen to Kareem’s children. Kobe was way better than Father Joe, but that kind of underlines the point. It’s very difficult.

So whatever happens with Bronny – he’s widely seen as a guy likely to skip college – he’ll have a hard time establishing his own identity. Expectations for him are going to be impossible to meet.

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