Bronny James could see recruiting ranking rise, but perception is LeBron's son won't play college basketball

Bronny James could see recruiting ranking rise, but perception is LeBron’s son won’t play college basketball

Bronny James’ recruitment is a trending topic ahead of the Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon four-star shooting guard’s senior season, especially after LeBron James’ son turned heads at the Nike Peach Jam earlier in the week. On 247Sports’ YouTube channel, during a question-and-answer recap of the event, Adam Finkelstein set the record straight on where Bronny James stands in the 2023 recruiting class and if college basketball is next for the nation’s 52nd-ranked prospect.

“Here’s the thing with Bronny — Bronny has, as I said, had the biggest crowds all week long,” Finkelstein said. “He had a big game — I believe it was Monday — went for 28 points. I wrote about him in my 247Sports recap that day because it was the most aggressive I had seen him. Not only was he looking for his shot, but I think he was getting downhill in transition more than I’ve seen him before. And that’s one of the best parts of his game that we don’t talk about quite enough, and maybe that is becoming a more consistent staple of his game. His pace and power in the open floor, combined with his layup-making ability around the rim — he’s got terrific touch and body control — those are all top notch and he did that very, very well on Monday.

“He did it again yesterday, had a big dunk — which I’m sure everybody has seen on social media. Has not been quite as loud with his performances here when you check his stats. Yesterday went for 16, five and five. Of course, he had 28, six and six earlier in the week. So he’s been consistent offensively, but not yet exploding every game, but very solid. But just so far, the one really explosive game with 28 points. But I will say this — I think he’s trending in the right direction. I think he can see his ranking rise. He’s earned it. He’s earned it based on the caliber of his play. The thing that we’ve waited to see is if he’s going to grow anymore . I don’t know that that’s the case right (now). He’s looks 6-2 to me. Obviously, that’s about six inches shorter than his dad. If he were to catch a late growth spurt, it would certainly push his status as a prospect to another level.”

James, however, does not have an offer listed on his page of interests. As Finkelstein noted, though, the reason does not boil down to James’ games themselves.

“Now, one question I’ve been getting this week — both in the gym and over the Twittersphere … who’s recruiting Bronny JamesFinkelstein said.Well, I don’t know that anybody’s really recruiting Bronny James. I think the perception is that Bronny James is not going to play college basketball. That is not fact by any stretch. But as you sit in a college coaches’ section and you just kind of hear what coaches are saying about this, I haven’t heard anyone who’s said, ‘Yeah, we’re making a hard push for Bronny.’

“And it has nothing to do with the type of player he is. I think everybody is in agreement that he is a good player who can impact winning pretty much from Day 1 at the college level. I just think the perception — although we haven ‘t heard anything definitive at all out of Bronny’s camp — is that he is not likely to play college basketball. So we will see if that changes in the coming weeks and months. But right now, I have not spoken to any college coaches that think they have a good chance of landing him or even think that it’s an especially worthwhile endeavor in terms of recruiting him. So that’s the latest on Bronny James.”

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James is the nation’s No. 8 shooting guard and No. 12 player in California for the Class of 2023. The industry-generated 247Sports Composite favors James slightly over 247Sports’ own ranking, with the edge at No. 45 overall.

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