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LeBron James’ son Bronny 1 year away from joining dad in NBA

Lebron James, USA Olympic Men's Basketball player, listens to the national anthem prior to the start of the USA versus Dominican Republic exhibition game, July 12, 2012. (DVIDS)
February 27, 2023

The son of NBA legend LeBron James, Bronny James, is likely one year away from joining his father in the league, with at least one analyst predicting he will be a top 10 draft pick in 2024.

Bronny James, whose real name is LeBron James Jr., is currently a senior at Sierra Canyon High School outside of Los Angeles, Insider reported. Ranked No. 28 on ESPN’s Class of 2023, he is one of only a handful of players not to have selected a college for next year.

But when James – a 6-foot-3-inch, 180-pound 18-year-old – does choose, he is among 14 players projected by ESPN analyst Jonathan Givony to be “one-and-done,” moving up to the NBA after only one college season, Insider reported.

Givony predicted James would be a No. 10 NBA draft pick in 2024. He wrote that while James could improve on shot creation and ballhandling, he has grown into his frame, become more explosive, and caught the NBA’s attention, Insider reported.

The top three schools in James’ mind are Ohio State University, in his father’s home state; the University of Oregon, which is closely tied to his sponsor Nike; and the University of Southern California, close to home, an anonymous source told the Los Angeles Times.

LeBron James, who has been in the NBA since 2003, has declared multiple times that his last year in the league would be played with his son. Most recently, he said last month that “I need to be on the floor with my boy. I got to be on the floor with Bronny,” as reported by ESPN.

“Either in the same uniform or a matchup against him,” James said. “I would love to do the whole Ken Griffey Sr. and Jr. thing. That would be ideal for sure.”

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LeBron James and his wife, Savannah, have three children. Bronny is the oldest, followed by 15-year-old Bryce Maximus and an 8-year-old daughter, Zhuri Nova, according to People. 

Currently a Los Angeles Laker, LeBron James recently became the NBA’s all-time top scorer. During a game on Feb. 7, he surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 39-year-old record of 38,387 career points, setting the record at 38,390.