LeBron James confirms there is mutual interest between Oregon, son Bronny James
LeBron James confirmed there was mutual interest between Oregon and his son, Bronny, Sunday following his Lakers’ win over the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland.
The L.A. Times’ Luca Evans reported over the weekend that Bronny James has three top schools (not finalists yet) at the moment: USC, Ohio State, and Oregon. Though Oregon hasn’t technically extended a scholarship offer to Bronny yet, King James told The Oregonian on Sunday that’s more of a formality than anything.
“I think Bronny can go to any college he wants to,” LeBron said, per The Oregonian’s Bill Oram. “All I have to do is pick up the phone. If Bronny says he wants to go there, he’s good enough.”
All three schools in Bronny James’ reported top three have obvious connections. USC’s campus is just miles from where King James plays his home games for the Lakers. LeBron grew up an Ohio State fan and has been known to frequent Buckeye football games over the years. LeBron is also one of Nike’s most recognizable athletes, if not the most, and Oregon is one of Nike’s most recognizable colleges.
The older James told The Oregonian he expects his son to make his own decision, though. The Nike relationship won’t mean as much as Oregon coach Dana Altman’s track record:
“I think it’s the ability to put pros into the league,” James said. “My son wants to be a pro. It’s the way you hold guys accountable, the way they play. I guess he’s seen the way they play. Dana Altman from the outside looks like a great coach.
“He’s been winning for quite a while here at Oregon, so Bronny’s smart enough to see all that.”
Bronny is also close with 5-star Oregon signee Mookie Cook, something else that could play in the Ducks’ favor.
The 6-foot-3 combo guard from Los Angeles (Calif.) Sierra Canyon is a 4-star prospect in the Class of 2023, per the 247 Composite. He’s the eighth-ranked prospect from the state of California and the 36th overall recruit in the class.
The Ducks have already signed what ranks as the eighth-best class in the country, a group that includes Cook, 5-star forward Kwame Evans Jr., and 4-star guard Jackson Shelstad.