Duke Basketball: Mike Krzyzewski watches Bronny James at Nike EYBL

Duke basketball coaches (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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twoThe Duke Basketball program had its eye on many potential recruits in Atlanta this weekend at the Nike EYBL Showcase, but Mike Krzyzewski made news by watching LeBron James Jr.

The future of college basketball was on display in Atlanta this weekend at the Nike EYBL Showcase, and perhaps one of the showcase’s youngest players took center stage in LeBron James Jr.

When the Strive For Greatness AAU team took the floor on Saturday morning, one legendary head coach strolled with his cup of coffee and associate head coaches, greeting other head coaches sitting court-side.

It was Mike Krzyzewski and Jon Scheyer getting a first hand look at the potential most coveted recruit in the history of college basketball, LeBron James Jr.

Often referred to as ‘Bronny’, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know who is father is.

In case you’re still wondering, LeBron James Jr.’s father is LeBron James, arguably the best player currently in the NBA, maybe of all time, but that’s another argument for a different day.

As for James Jr., he has yet to begin his high school career, still as an eighth grader at Crossroads School in Santa Monica, California.

A potential member of the 2023 recruiting class, it still remains to be seen whether of not Bronny James will even attend college due to the progress between the NCAA, the NBA, and the NBA Players Association in eliminating the need for one year of college.

James Sr. was coached by Krzyzewski in the two’s time with USA Basketball, combining to win two Olympic Gold Medals.

LeBron made a profound comment on Instagram in November regarding his son’s potential college decision and recruitment.


LeBron Sr. has also said that he one day hopes to play with his son in the NBA and the 34-year old star may be running out of time in his own legendary career.

The future Hall of Fame player also discussed his love for Coach K during NBA All-Star Weekend when he was asked questions about the then current Duke roster in Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett, Cam Reddish, and Tre Jones, days after watching the Blue Devils pick up a road win against the Virginia Cavaliers.

Bronny James has already been on the Duke campus and in the basketball facilities when his then AAU team, North Coast Blue Chips, visited the campus prior to the 2018-19 season.

It wasn’t just the Duke Hall of Famer that lined up to get a close look at James Jr. this weekend. Along with his father, some stars that were in attendance to see the young baller were Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, and Udonis Haslem.

Whether or not LeBron James Jr. will play in college remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure, until he has reached a decision on his future plans, Mike Krzyzewski and the rest of his Duke staff will be trying to snag the first born of LeBron James.