Four Star Combo Guard Bronnie James continues to gradually move up in the 2024 player rankings, with three programs ranked as top schools according to report Luca Evans of the Los Angeles Times: Ohio State, Oregon, and USC. Evans reports that James, son of the Los Angeles Lakers star, LeBron James, will commit to college as soon as the high school basketball season ends this spring. The younger James plays for the famous West Coast team Chatsworth (California) Sierra Canyon.

At 6ft 3in and 190lbs, James is ranked 34th among national prospects for 2024, eighth among combo defensemen and eighth among players in California. That ranking has improved over the past six months since James started in the mid-50s last summer. James has notable offers from Ohio State, USC and Memphis, although 247Sports does not indicate that Oregon has officially offered a scholarship.

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In September, James made a highly publicized informal visit to Ohio. His father, a famous Ohio State fan, is a native of Akron, Ohio. James Sr. has stated in numerous interviews over the years that the Buckeyes would have been at the top of his list had he decided to play college basketball — instead, he went straight from high school to the NBA as the No. 1 overall pick. in the 2003 project

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While the younger James is indeed a solid size for a defender, he differs from his father due to his measurable ability and style of play. Adam Finkelstein, Director of Basketball for 247Sports, recently wrote that James had increased his stock over the past calendar year and explained why.

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“Firstly, he started to evolve from a player who can take open shots to one who can make strong dribble shots,” Finkelstein wrote earlier in January. “He improved his pull-up game to become a player who needs far less room to hit than in the past. It also poses a threat from long distances. Secondly, his athleticism began to show on the open floor. He attacked with great speed, while demonstrating a good burst and good body control in the air.

“Put it all together and you have a defenseman who must be able to play with and without the ball, keep distance from the court, be a dangerous player, plus a defenseman and overall strong athlete with a college-ready physique. In other words, he is more than capable of immediately contributing to winning at a high Major level.”

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As for James’ impact on each of his top three schools? Ohio State may use at least one more ballman in the class of 2023 with a freshman wing. Bryce Sensabo putting himself in a position to go to the NBA. Oregon has struggled over the past two seasons by their usual standards, but has an eighth recruiting group lined up, even though there is only one guard in the group. USC owns the #10 recruiting class with a signed pair of 4-star guards.