LeBron Raymone "Bronny" James Jr. (born October 6, 2004) is an American basketball player who attends Crossroads School in Santa Monica, California. He plays for the North Coast Blue Chips at the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) level. He attended Old Trail School in Bath Township, Summit County, Ohio. James has drawn the attention of national media outlets on a regular basis and has received offers from top NCAA Division I basketball programs. James is the oldest son of National Basketball Association (NBA) superstar LeBron James.
Early life Edit
James was born on October 6, 2004 to 19-year-old LeBron James and 18-year-old Savannah James. His parents met while attending St. Vincent–St. Mary High School. James was raised by both of his parents and was featured in national publications like ESPN from his birth. He regularly attended his father's NBA games. The elder James said, "I get home and my son is smiling or he comes running to me. It has just made me grow as an individual and grow as a man."He has a younger brother, Bryce, and younger sister, Zhuri. At the time of Bryce's birth, his father joked that his two sons resembled "two small, small forwards, kind of like Tayshaun Prince."
James played several sports including basketball and soccer, but his father did not allow him to play football or ice hockey over safety concerns. At age 9, he played basketball for the Miami City Ballers at a fourth grade AAU tournament while being observed by Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari. Ohio State Buckeyes coach Thad Matta joked, "He'll be on the recruiting radar... I need to offer him a scholarship." In late 2014, James drew increasing attention for his highlight reels, including a one-handed half-court shot while practicing with his father. In February 2015, it was revealed that James had already received basketball scholarship offers from colleges, although the specific names were not announced. His father commented, "It should be a violation, you shouldn't be recruiting 10-year-old kids." In June, James led his AAU team, the Gulf Coast Blue Chips, to win the The League Dallas/Hype Sports Summer Jam. In June 2016, ESPN reported that he held offers to play college basketball for Kentucky and Duke.
In March 2017, after James took part in the John Lucas All-Star Weekend tournament, his father said, "I didn't handle the ball as well as [James Jr.] does. He handles the ball exceptionally and he shoots it a lot better than I did at that age, but I've always had the ability to pass the ball. It's good to see him doing it as well." Later in the month, James led the North Coast Blue Chips AAU team to a 5–0 record at the Michigan Basketball Academy's Spring Showcase in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He made headlines in The Washington Post, which remarked that he is "maybe better than his dad in some ways." In August, James drew more attention after throwing an off-the-backboard alley-oop to NBA player Hassan Whiteside in a pick-up game.
In late February 2018, James guided Old Trail School, which he attended in Bath Township, Summit County, Ohio, to an ISL Tournament title win over Gilmour Academy. The website USA Today High School Sports labeled him "every bit his father's player on the court" after the performance. In early March, James led the North Coast Blue Chips to a John Lucas All-Star Weekend championship with NBA star Chris Paul in attendance. On April 2, 2018, he helped the Blue Chips finish undefeated and claim the under-13 title at the NY2LA Swish 'N Dish Tournament in Wisconsin, drawing attention for a crossover during the event. In June, James took part in the Jr. NBA Midwest Championships against 9th grade opponents. After advancing out of pool play, his North Coast Blue Chips team lost in the quarterfinals, 57–38, despite James' 8 points and 6 assists. On June 11, Gary Payton suggested that James was planning to play high school basketball for Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth, Los Angeles. At the USBA National Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina in mid-July, after a verbal exchange with members of the Alabama Hoopers, James made 4 three-pointers in a 84–59. On July 29, he reportedly made his first slam dunk during warm-ups for the Bigfoot Hoops Las Vegas Classic.\
On August 6, 2018, it was announced that James would attend Crossroads School in Santa Monica, California. However, he will not be able to play with the varsity basketball team in the 2018–19 season under California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) rules.
Personal life Edit
James wears the number 0 jersey as inspiration from his favorite NBA player Russell Westbrook, who plays point guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder. His godfather is Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul.