COLUMBUS, Ohio — Even before he had made it to high school, many have speculated where Bronny James would be spending his college career.
It appears that answer could be coming soon.
According to Luca Evans of The Los Angeles Times, the son of NBA megastar LeBron James has narrowed his choice of colleges to three schools: Ohio State, Oregon and USC. Per Evans, James is expected to announce where he'll be playing at the next level following his current senior season at Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth, California.
A 6-foot-3, 190-pound combo guard, James ranks as the No. 36 player in the 2023 class according to 247Sports. The 4-star prospect's future has been the subject of speculation for years, with college coming into focus as his likeliest destination over the course of the past year.
While it's unclear who the front-runner is to land James, his family has a personal connection with each of the three finalists.
In 2015, James' father reportedly signed a lifetime endorsement deal with Nike, whose founder and former chairman, Phil Knight, is a prominent booster at Oregon. Meanwhile, the James family has been living in Southern California since 2018, when LeBron signed a free-agent deal to join the Los Angeles Lakers.
As for Ohio State, Bronny was born in Northeast Ohio, where he spent most of his childhood, as his dad played for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Last fall, James and his father -- a notorious Buckeyes fan -- attended Ohio State football's season-opening matchup against Notre Dame, in what doubled as a recruiting visit for Bronny.
While Bronny isn't expected to announce his decision until the end of his senior season this spring, wherever he winds up, it likely won't be for long. For years, the older James has talked about to prospect of playing alongside his son, who will be eligible to enter the NBA Draft in 2024.
“My last year will be played with my son,” the older James told Jason Lloyd of The Athletic last February. “Wherever Bronny is at, that’s where I’ll be. I would do whatever it takes to play with my son for one year. It’s not about the money at that point.”