The road to the NBA was just a little more difficult for Bronny James. In the newest Rivals High School player rankingsJames slipped more than 30 places on the list, from 29th to 60th. Ranking in the top 60 national players isn’t bad, but it is. Release for four months is not a good look at any means.
College Outlook for Bronny
Based on Rivals.com, James is getting some interest from some big-name schools. Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina are among the few showing “average” care about in James as a promising student-athlete. Duke and UCLA are also listed as having shown moderate interest in children, but only North Carolina Central has made an offer to James at this time.
As the country’s 60th best player, it’s hard to see Bronny land at one of the blue blood schools listed above. James’s best chance is to go to one of these top programs like UCLA. And it’s more because of the proximity and his father has some pulling around Los Angeles.
Unless Bronny can make some sort of miraculous leap back into the ranks, it looks like he’ll end up with a smaller show. Many non-blueblood shows will be interested in James based solely on name recognition. If he develops into a stellar college player, that will be a bonus.
James & James in the NBA
We’ve heard about Bronny and LeBron James’ playing potential with each other for an NBA franchise. The way LeBron is still playing makes it a real possibility. But the best chance for this to happen is for Bronny to become a successful college player or play for G-League Ignite and play well enough to be enlisted in a year.
Ranked 60th as he entered his senior year of high school made the road much more difficult for Bronny. As a four-star player, becoming a player of this caliber isn’t an impossible task for Bronny, but from his spot in the top 100, it seems unlikely.
Much could change, and this time next year, we could talk about Bronny as one of the hottest freshmen entering the class of 2023. Bronny could experience another big thing. teach tense, which adds to his current 6-foot-2, 170-pound frame. If the 17-year-old is lucky enough to gain another 4 inches in height, that will completely change the game.
Afterward top 15 Bronny’s class players, only two are listed under 6-foot-4, and they just happen to be the two best point guards in the country. That doesn’t mean simply being taller will put Bronny on a par with other players, but it will certainly give him a better chance to compete with elite players in this class.
LeBron just finished his 19th season in the NBA. In two years, when Bronny qualifies for the league, LeBron will finish 21 years as a professional basketball player. Yes, LeBron is still a great player, but fatherhood time seems to be on him given the number of injuries we’ve seen James pick up recently. Surely Dad will not be young anymore.
If Bronny isn’t developed enough to enter the NBA in two years’ time, his dream of father and son playing together may not come true. I wouldn’t be against Bronny if he needed another year of college football, but if he wanted to play alongside his pops, that would make it difficult. And again, this all comes down to Bronny’s level of development as a player and whether he’s good enough to play in the NBA in the next two to three years.