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Where Is Bronny James Going to College?

Bronny James
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Where Is Bronny James Going to College?

Bronny James is a four-star recruit and the No. 32 player in the 2023 high school class per the 247Sports composite rankings. He plans to play college basketball but is currently uncommitted; his camp has kept details of his recruitment very private. A January report by the LA Times listed USC, Oregon, and Ohio State as the 6’3″ combo guard’s final three options. Bronny confirmed that all three were on his list, but made sure to say his recruitment was still open.

Bronny performed well in the 2023 McDonald’s All-American Game, scoring 15 points on 5-8 from three-point range. Now that the high school season is over, a commitment is expected soon. Where Is Bronny James going to college? Let’s look at the most likely options.

USC

Playing for Sierra Canyon as his dad plays for the Lakers, USC is the local option for Bronny. The Trojans have received some buzz recently as four-star commit Silas Demary Jr. requested a release from his National Letter of Intent. This has been interpreted as the precursor to a Bronny James recruitment. Keeping things out west and playing in the same city as his father makes USC quite a strong option.

Oregon

From a basketball perspective, Oregon has a case to land Bronny James. Head coach Dana Altman is known for his player development and would be capable of getting the most out of the young guard. LeBron James has been vocal about hoping to play with his son at the professional level. This destination can help bring that to fruition. Furthermore, Oregon is the premier Nike school and Nike’s relationship with the James family is well-documented. Both Bronny and his father are Nike athletes.

Ohio State

The Buckeyes would be fun from a narrative standpoint. LeBron James has said on the record he would have played for Ohio State if he had gone to college. He has/had a locker in the OSU facility that has been used as a recruiting tool, and Nike has sold an Ohio State “alumni jersey” with James’ name and number. Imagine if Bronny were to go back to the James’ homeland of Ohio, use his father’s locker, and have his name on the back of the scarlet and white jerseys. It would be a full-circle moment.

Conclusion

While there are certainly valid reasons for Oregon or Ohio State to be the final choice, USC appears to be the leader for Bronny James right now. It would be fun to see Bronny play for OSU as almost a “fulfillment of prophecy,” but I think it does wind up being USC. The Trojans being the favorite this late in the game can’t be for nothing. However, given how private this recruitment has been, maybe we’re in for something less telegraphed.

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