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Bronny James recruiting updates: Tracking where LeBron James’ oldest son will be playing in 2023-24

Bronny James recruiting updates: Tracking where LeBron James' oldest son will be playing in 2023-24

The recruitment of star recruit Bronny James, the eldest son of LeBron James, appears to be in the homestretch with news this week that he has a final three of Ohio State, USC and Oregon and is eyeing a possible commitment as soon as the end of Sierra Canyon’s season.

James’ star has risen in recent years as interest has gathered around how LeBron’s son would develop, particularly as he has said he wants to play in the NBA at the same time as him. And that star turn has been validated not only with hundreds of thousands of followers on social media off the court but also with promising development on the court, too.

Last summer Bronny had a strong showing on the AAU circuit as he rose from a sub-50 recruit to a borderline top-40 talent. That rise has only continued in recent months as he checks in now at No. 34 in the national rankings at 247Sports. 

It’s been a long and winding recruitment for Bronny with uncertainty not only about where he will land in college but also if he would go to college at all — there was some speculation he would consider turning pro out of high school at one point — but his future is beginning to crystalize of late and he stands as the highest-rated uncommitted recruit still on the board for the 2023 cycle to add some flair to end his decision-making process.

So where will he go? Here is the latest on LeBron James Jr. — who goes by “Bronny” — as we turn a corner in his recruitment process.

Will he go to college?

By all indications, college is the likeliest option for Bronny James now. Just months ago there was a wide expectation within the industry that turning pro out of high school — either to go to the G League Ignite, the NBL in Australia or perhaps with Overtime Elite — was the most likely path he’d take. Staffs at schools rumored as possible landing spots were not giving indications that he was a viable target and believed him to be uninterested in attending college.

That tide has changed in recent months. In an article with Sports Illustrated last August, even the James family — both father LeBron and mother Savannah — hinted that college is increasingly looking like the most likely path forward. That seems to be all but confirmed as news broke this week of his final three schools and an imminent commitment. From SI:

When I sit with them, the family is undecided. LeBron talks through the options, giving each equal weight,…

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