Bronny James competed in the McDonalds All-American game today but his future has NBA Insiders divided.
James’ three-pointers were impressive as he went 5-for-8 from deep with 15 points but his side couldn’t pull off the win and went down 109-106 to the East team.
He was ranked in the top ten of ESPN’s 2024 mock draft and Kevin Durant recently had some high praise for the 18-year-old as well, however not everyone is buying into the hype, most notably an actual NBA scout at the All-American Game game.
“When I asked one NBA scout to rank the players from 1-24, he had James at No. 17,” The Athletic’s Tobias Bass wrote. “There remains considerable speculation about James’ future — at No. 35 in the Class of 2023 per the 247Sports Composite, he’s the top uncommitted prospect in the country. But James sat out Monday’s media day, so no insight was able to be gathered from what he said in that setting.”
LeBron James told The Oregonian in January “I think Bronny can go to any college he wants to. All I have to do is pick up the phone. If Bronny says he wants to go there, he’s good enough.”
One thing is for sure, LeBron will make it his mission to play with his son if he does make it to the NBA.
Although, earlier this year, ESPN predicted that Orlando would be where Bronny is drafted.
LeBron has previously said if he was ever traded there: “I’m not going. I’m just retiring, it’s over” so it would be interesting to see just how committed he is to playing with his flesh and blood.