LeBron James‘s son Bronny is expected to take the college route rather than the G League Ignite, according to reports.
Bronny is currently in high school and is a chip off the old block as the No. 39 prospect in the 2023 ESPN 100.
While the NBA does not allow players to enter the draft until they are one year removed from high school, James could join the G League Ignite in hopes of improving his draft stock.
There had been widespread speculation that James could join the G League Ignite but there is now a feeling that he will forgo the development leagues for college, according to ESPN.
Although it is still relatively early in the recruiting process, UCLA, USC, Michigan, Ohio State and Oregon, among others are believed to be pursuing the 17-year-old.
James faces international competition this week with the chance to show off his leadership skills amid the California Basketball Club’s tour of Europe, playing teams from London, Paris, and Rome.
Bronny and his brother, Bryce, turned out for the club, a team that also counts the sons of former NBA stars Scottie Pippen and Penny Hardaway among its squad, as they played competitive basketball together for the first time.
Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron was one proud dad after seeing his two sons playing alongside one another in a competitive basketball game for the first time.
Posting on Twitter, James couldn’t help but share his excitement of seeing his sons together on the court: ‘Man I’m literally watching Bronny and Bryce on the court together for the first time in a game situation!! This is INSANE!! I’m EMOTIONAL AF!! WOW’
Facing off against the UK’s Hoopsfix Elite, the exhibition drew a sold-out crowd at the Copper Box Arena in London. However, despite the interest surrounding seeing ‘King’ James’ sons playing together, the Elite ultimately won on home soil, seeing off a late surge from the CBC to secure a 81-74 win.
Bronny James would start the game as the CBC captain, picking up 11 points, six rebounds, and three assists. Meanwhile the younger James came off the bench, managing four points and a rebound during his time on the court.
LeBron has previously spoken about his desire to play alongside his children in the NBA, and with Bronny eligible for the NBA draft in 2024, it looks as though his wish may come true in the near future.
Responding to a fan question on social media earlier this year about his plans to play alongside his son in the NBA, the 37-year-old replied: ‘That’s the plan! God willing’.