Brony James, the oldest son of LeBron James and a four-star basketball prospect in the Class of 2023, is starting to see his recruiting. Earlier this month, he made his most public recruiting visit by attending a football game Ohio Statehis father’s home state school and favorite college program.
James wore a Buckeyes men’s basketball uniform during the trip, drawing a proud reaction from his father, confirming his son’s understanding of his commitment to the program. During that trip, ON3 recruiting website reported that James still had a permanent scholarship offer from the program.
A new commitment to Chris Holtmann’s program could complicate matters, should James eventually head to Columbus for the next step in his hoops career.
Four-star guard Tyson Chatman, who took his official visit at Ohio State the same weekend as James, announced his commitment to the program on Tuesday. According to the online publication Eleven Warriors, which exclusively covers the Buckeyes, could approach the team’s 2023 recruiting class and leave James without a spot.
“Despite the excitement surrounding the recruitment of four-star guard Brony James … a source told Eleven Warriors that Chatman may be the last high school recruit in Ohio State’s 2023 class,” Griffin Strom reported Tuesday.
Chatman is the fourth member of Ohio State’s class, joining forwards Scottie Middleton and Devin Royal and center Austin Parks.
Of course, nothing is guaranteed, especially with the increasing use of transfer portals and the fleeting nature of college basketball rosters in general. However, if James is set to make a decision at some point in the coming months, the bookies may not have a clear spot for him, according to this report.
After consideration, James could explore professional options like G League Ignite, Part-Time Elite or overseas leagues, LeBron and his wife Savannah recently confirmed to Sports Illustrated that their son could take the college route before trying to make the NBA career his father hopes for. Play with him before he finally retires.
Memphis, Oregon and USC were among other programs with James entering his sophomore year.
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