Bronnie James, son of NBA star LeBron James, is in his senior year of high school at Sierra Canyon High School in Los Angeles but is not eligible to enter the NBA draft until 2024, which means he will soon choose a destination to play basketball during his gap year before he leaves. He joins his father in the big leagues.
If the NBL Chiefs get their way, according to News Corp, it’s likely LeBron James Jr. will soon be heading to ply his trade in Australia’s top pro league later this year as part of the NBL’s ‘Next Stars’ program – where next season’s draft prospects could be. His signature on a contract by the league itself.
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NBA draft analyst Jonathan Givone recently called Bruni a “strong first-round candidate” for the 2024 draft.
The hugely popular youngster is also ranked No. 38 overall and No. 10 combo guard in the On the count to 32023 rankings. He is also the No. 7 player in California.
According to a recent report by Los Angeles TimesThe 18-year-old narrowed down his list of potential colleges to Ohio State, USC and Oregon.
“I’m still open, but these are options,” Bruni said. On the count to 3.
However, the NBL has launched an audacious attempt to pounce on the high school guard and steal him from right under the noses of the American college basketball powers.
In what could be considered the biggest coup in Australian basketball history, the NBL has reportedly begun talks with Bronny James’ management in hopes of luring both the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Sierra Canyon star — and NBA all-time great dad — to play in the Australia.
NBL owner Larry Kesselman has confirmed that league officials have reached out to James Jr.’s representatives in an effort to lure the burgeoning prospect to Down Under, according to a report by the NBL. News Corp.
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Previous reports indicate that Bronny will choose between the NBL, G League Ignite, or American College for the 2023/24 season.
While the chances of the NBL successfully poaching the eldest son of a Lakers star at this point seem slim, that hasn’t stopped Kestelman from taking the opportunity to try and make what would be the largest single signing in A-League history.
“We’ve totally connected and there’s an beginning to a conversation but it’s very early,” Kesselman said. News Corp.
“It would be incredible to see, not only him, but I know there was a conversation with him and LeBron playing one season together.
“It’s a long shot, but the conversation is starting and we’re going to be in the mix.”
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LeBron Sr. has said on more than one occasion that he wants to play with or against his son before hanging up his signature shoes.
“I’ve got to be on the ground with my son, I’ve got to be on the ground with Bruni, either in the same uniform or a match against him,” James Sr. said in one interview.
“My final year you’re going to be playing with my son. Wherever Bruni is, that’s where I’ll be. I’d do whatever it takes to play with my son for one year,” he said in again.
The future of James Jr. has always been a source of interest around the sport.
Last fall, the 18-year-old caused a stir when he posted photos of himself at Ohio State in Buckeyes gear to Instagram after a visit to campus.
While it’s hard to see his dad play in Australia, given his still elite-level play in the NBA this season, the benefit of choosing Bronny to play in the NBL next season is clear.
He just needs to look at the success of former Next Stars LaMelo Ball and Josh Giddey in the NBA, with the development gained from the experience of playing against fully mature men in the NBL – as opposed to the traditional path of dominating peers in the American college scene – after being It has held them in good stead since they realized their NBA dreams.