On Thursday, one of the most highly anticipated basketball prospects in recent memory will make his high school debut. And while the game will air on national television, LeBron James Jr. is hardly a stranger to the spotlight.
The son of a 4-time NBA MVP of the same name, James Jr. -- nicknamed Bronny -- has been a highlight reel sensation while playing for some of the nation's most prominent AAU teams. Now those highlights are being brought the national airwaves with ESPN3 televising the first game of James' freshman season at Sierra Canyon, which will face San Diego's Montgomery High School on Thursday night.
While he may currently be most famous for who his dad is, the younger James has already established a reputation as one of the top prospects in the 2023 recruiting class. A 6-foot-2 point guard, James has already received a scholarship offer from Kentucky, as well as interest from Duke, Kansas, North Carolina and UCLA, according to 247Sports.
James Jr. isn't the only famous offspring suiting up for the Trailblazers this season with Dwyane Wade's son, Zaire Wade, having also enrolled at the school. Entering his senior season, the 6-foot-3 Wade is a 3-star prospect, who has received offers to spend his college career at DePaul, Rhode Island and Toledo, in addition to having received interest from Miami (Fla.), Michigan State and Nebraska.
Laying claim to a top 10 ranking nationally, Sierra Canyon will play on national television 15 times this season, according to The Los Angeles Times -- including a matchup against the elder James' alma mater, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, to be played in Columbus on Dec. 14.