The eldest son of LeBron James, who is only 13-years-old but already has a verbal scholarship offer from Duke, recently visited the school with his AAU squad, the North Coast Blue Chips. During the team’s time on campus, LeBron James Jr. and his teammates had a chance to tour Cameron Indoor Stadium and the practice facilities.
Unless the NBA soon changes the rule that created the one-and-done era, chances are that LeBron James Jr. will play college ball for at least one season.
Assuming his father will offer his input into the decision his son ultimately makes, it doesn’t hurt Duke’s case that LeBron James Sr. has already logged an abundance of minutes playing for Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski while winning two gold medals at the Olympics (fingers crossed that Coach K doesn’t retire in the next five years).
It also doesn’t hurt that Duke was one of the first programs to make it clear that the son of King James has a scholarship waiting for him. Keeping in mind that LeBron James Jr., who goes by “Bronny,” is still about three years from being able to lawfully drive a car, though, it is probably a little too early to tell for sure if he will have the ability to drive to the basket with ease and dominate at the college level.
But his bloodline is nothing short of perfect.
Plus, his play against AAU competition has been head-turning. He can already dunk (his height currently hovers around the 6-foot mark), and he has accumulated some impressive stats and highlights during games in front of crowds that keep growing in number.
Former Duke guard and current director of basketball operations, Nolan Smith, led Bronny James and his teammates through Cameron Indoor Stadium during the AAU team’s visit, making sure to point out the championship banners. Smith then let them have a shootaround in the practice facility (check out the video above).
During the shootaround, which was also attended by incoming freshman Zion Williamson, Bronny James swished a shot from just inside the halfcourt line. That being said, it also doesn’t hurt Duke’s future recruiting pitch that the teenager already feels comfortable finding the bottom of the net on baskets in Durham.