As speculation surrounding the Bronny James decision continues, another intriguing item is reportedly on the roster of a growing number of schools actively recruiting the rising senior.
James, the eldest son of Lakers superstar LeBron James, is currently on Memphis and coach Penny Hardaway’s radar, according to On3.com’s Jamie Shaw. Previously, Shaw listed Ohio State, Oregon and USC in a Monday report as programs actively recruiting the 17-year-old ahead of his senior season at Sierra Canyon in Los Angeles.
According to Shaw, Hardaway, a four-time All-Star with a 15-year NBA career, was impressed with Bronny’s performance at the Nike Peach Jam last month. The NBA legend sat courtside as one of 150 college coaches and NBA personnel who watched the four-star guard average 15.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 5.3 assists in six games.
Interestingly, Hardaway and the James family went beyond Thursday’s coverage. Brownie and his 15-year-old brother Bryce are currently wrapping up three European tours with the California Basketball Club, and Hardaway’s son Ashton is also on the list. The four-star forward will join forces with the Brownies again in the fall after transferring to Sierra Canyon from Duncanville High School in Texas earlier this month.
The budding forward’s famous father also has a well-documented relationship. Both LeBron and Penney are considered two of the biggest icons among Nike-sponsored athletes. Memphis also signed a contract with the company as a sponsor for the 2022-23 season. LeBron has also previously praised Penney as one of his all-time favorites, as he told reporters in 2019 that he “wanted to be like Penney” growing up.
While it remains to be seen how the Bronny recruiting process will continue, LeBron has made it clear that his son will be the one to confirm his final decision. The future Hall of Famer said the same Tuesday after Shaw reported that Oregon was the front-runner to land the Brownies in 2023.
Coaches and colleges. When Bronny makes a choice, you hear his voice,” LeBron tweeted.
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