Bronny James has been causing quite a stir this summer, particularly with his recent performance at Nike’s Peach Jam. James averaged 16.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 5.3 assists in six games, and NBA scouts are starting to notice the youngster’s talents.
Yahoo! Sports’ Krysten Peek spoke to a couple of NBA scouts at Peach Jam. One scout was very impressed with James’ balance and consistency. The 17-year-old Sierra Canyon High School player is known for his defense, which could be his ticket to the pros.
“The most impressive thing about Bronny at this age is his attitude on the pitch and how he always makes the right decisions,” said the NBA scout. “He’s a damn good defender and you can see he’s started to grow into his physique a little bit more.”
Another NBA scout noted James’ improvements on the court and how different he was as a player compared to last year. He praised the youngster’s offense, defence, passing and dynamism. In the last game at Peach Jam, LeBron James’ eldest son racked up 16 points and gave out five assists.
“You can see the improvements he’s made to his game from last year to this year,” said the scout. “He’s proving to be more than just a name and has a positive impact on the game, whether he’s making the extra pass, going on offense, or dropping into the post for loose balls on defense.”
James is entering his senior year of high school. He is expected to be courted and offered scholarships by notable universities such as Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio State, Tennessee, Texas and USC. With the improvements he’s shown, he might be done in college.
Will LeBron and Bronny James play together in the NBA?
Bronny James is eligible to enter the 2024 NBA draft and it’s no secret that LeBron James wants to play with his son. The elder James told The Athletic last February that one of his dreams is to be part of the first father-son duo to play in the NBA.
He also revealed that Bronny’s first year in the league will be the last of his career.
“My senior year is being played with my son,” said LeBron James. “Wherever Bronny is, that’s where I’ll be. I would do anything to play with my son for a year. It’s not about the money.”
With LeBron James still playing at a high level at 37, it’s certainly possible for him to play with Bronny in a few years. He recently played in the Drew League and put in a solid performance that belied his age. The LA Lakers superstar notably turns 40 in the middle of the 2024-25 season.
For Bronny James, the improvements he’s made to his game this year could go a long way. He is currently a late first-round pick in the 2024 NBA draft, according to the NBA Draft Room.