Bronny James, Recruit #19 in 2023, commits to USC

  • Jeff Borzello, ESPN writerMay 6, 2023 6:34 p.m. ET


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Four-star guard Bronny James, son of NBA superstar LeBron James, announced his involvement with USC on Saturday.

Bronny James announced this on Instagram.

James, a 6-foot-3 guard from Cleveland who attended Sierra Canyon School (California), is considered one of the top five point guards in the country. He was ranked the No. 19 prospect on the ESPN 100 for the Class of 2023 and received McDonald’s All American honors that season.

LeBron James also shared the announcement on Instagram, writing, “So damn proud of you kid!”

Bronny James averaged 11.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists in last spring and summer in the Strive For Greatness program at the Nike EYBL Circuit, followed by outstanding performances in high-profile games throughout the high school season. James had 13 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 steals in the Hoophall Classic against Christopher Columbus (Florida), shooting 3-on-8 from 3-point range.

He had 15 points and four assists, making five 3-pointers in the McDonald’s All American Game and then 11 points in the Nike Hoop Summit.

In ESPN’s early 2024 NBA mock draft, James is projected as the No. 10 pick — with ESPN’s Jonathan Givony citing his ability as “arguably the best fullback in his high school class” as his greatest asset.

James chose the Trojans over Oregon and Ohio states after a long and mysterious recruiting process. Throughout his high school career, there was very little concrete information as to which schools were involved and where he might end up for college. There was even a stretch where going the pro path for a year before being drafted into the NBA seemed like an option.

Last month, he finally broke his silence at the Nike Hoop Summit when he spoke publicly about his recruitment process for the first time — without giving any hints.

“Talking to them, talking to the coaches, it’s good to know they want me with them,” James said in response to a question about All-Star teammates recruiting him to certain schools. “But at the end of the day it’s my decision and I have to make the right one for me.”

James will now line up for Andy Enfield and the Trojans, joining a top-25 team from last season and one of the best backcourts in the country. USC is expected to bring back all-conference guard Boogie Ellis, the team’s top scorer with 17.7 points per game, while also bringing back elite point guard Isaiah Collier, the nation’s No. 1 high school senior , gives.

James is one of the best jump shooters in the class, especially off the catch, and his defensive, facilitation and basketball IQ on both ends of the floor will give USC two-way production. James is expected to play primarily off the ball at USC, being a second or third ball handler when needed.

– ESPN’s Paul Biancardi contributed to this report.

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