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Bronny James tracker: Son of LeBron James staying in NBA Draft, cleared to participate in combine, per report

USC's Bronny James, son of Lakers star LeBron James, invited to NBA Draft Combine

USC freshman Bronny James, the son of Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James, is expected to remain in the NBA Draft, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania. James’ decision comes after the NBA’s Fitness to Play Panel reportedly medically cleared James from a cardiac arrest incident last summer. 

James will participate in all predraft activities, including this week’s NBA Draft Combine where he will receive a ton of attention. He is one of 78 players who were invited to participate in the NBA Draft Combine. This year’s combine takes place from May 12-19 at Wintrust Arena and the Marriott Marquis in Chicago.

James announced last month that he was entering the NBA Draft and the transfer portal, but it appears his college career is over aftr just one season.

James had until May 29 — the withdrawal deadline set by the NCAA — to decide to remain in the draft or return for his sophomore season, but elected to make the decision early The NBA has a later withdrawal deadline (June 16) but the NCAA has its own set of rules that states the deadline is 10 days after the NBA Draft Combine ends. The 2024 NBA Draft is June 26-27. 

The Athletic reported last month that the Lakers are “open to the prospect” of drafting Bronny. The Lakers will have the 17th overall pick in the 2024 NBA Draft, which could be conveyed to the Pelicans as part of the Anthony Davis trade in 2019. Los Angeles holds its own second-round pick in this summer’s draft.

Bronny James’ NBA Draft projection

James’ NBA Draft stock is considered a mystery. His overall stats weren’t great this season, but that might not prevent a respective team from drafting him. The 2024 NBA Draft class is one of the weaker draft classes at the top in nearly a decade. That could ultimately benefit James and convince him to declare for the draft if a team wants to take a swing on a prospect with upside. 

James has the tools to be a successful player at the next level. He’s a high-motor defender with a playmaking upside. James also has an incredible basketball IQ like his father. Something that James will have to improve on at the next level is his 3-point shooting. James connected on only 26.7% from distance on 2.4 attempts per night.

In the 2024 NBA Draft Prospect Rankings from CBS Sports, James isn’t currently ranked, and he hasn’t been in the first round of any CBS Sports first-round mock drafts. James likely will…

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