After a stellar high school career during which he led the Sierra Canyon Trailblazers to winning records in each of his four years with the team, Bronny James has finally committed to where he’ll play next.
Bronny James has committed to USC.
James is 6’3” and can play both guard positions (point guard and shooting guard). In his senior season with Sierra, he averaged 14.2 points per game, 5.5 rebounds per game, 2.4 assists per game, and 1.8 steals per game. He was named to the McDonald’s All-American Game, where he finished second in the dunk contest and also scored 15 points in the game itself, while also hitting five threes. By the time he had committed, ESPN had him ranked as the 19th-ranked prospect in the country.
James had been heavily recruited by colleges as early as 2015 (four years before he entered high school), getting scholarship offers and interest letters from several programs. This drew some criticism from his NBA father, LeBron James, who told CBS Detroit in 2015, “It’s pretty crazy. It should be a violation. You shouldn’t be recruiting 10-year-old kids.” By 2016 he had gotten offers from Duke and Kentucky. Finally, in January of 2023, it was reported that James would decide between Ohio State, Oregon, USC, or joining the G-League Ignite. He ended up choosing the University of Southern California on May 6.
Taking a look at the team he’s headed to, the USC Trojans have enjoyed mild success over the past 10 years, but haven’t been able to get over the National Championship hump in those years. While they did make an Elite Eight appearance in 2021, they still have never won a National Championship in school history, and haven’t even made a Final Four since 1954. Last season, the Trojans made the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year. After earning third place in the Pac-12 Conference, USC drew Miami (FL) in the first round, where they were quickly bounced out, and the Trojans are hoping that adding James to their team will finally help them break through and go for their first Final Four in almost 70 years.
What do you think? Do you believe that James will find success at USC? Let me know what you think.
By Jermale Dabney, Sophomore, Lindblom Math and Science Academy
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