While Lakers superstar LeBron James continues his tear of unprecedented greatness in his 19th NBA season, his son, Bronny, has begun to forge a path of his own.
Bronny, a 17-year old high school junior at Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth, Calif., is making a name for himself as an elite prospect. A 6-foot-3 combo guard, Bronny is considered the 38th-best prospect in the Class of 2023, according to 247Sports.
20 years after his dad was captivating national audiences as a high school junior, Bronny is doing the same for a nationally-ranked Sierra Canyon team. So what’s next?
Given Sierra Canyon’s national presence, the team is being profiled on Uninterrupted’s “Top Class,” which streams on IMDb TV. On a recent episode, James and his wife, Savannah, were asked of their hopes for Bronny’s future, to which LeBron responded “I want him to get to the NBA … I want to be on the court with him, I think that would be an unbelievable moment.”
LeBron’s proclamation begs the question of whether or not it would be possible for the two to actually share the court. While LeBron is showing no signs of slowing down, how many years will it be until Bronny is eligible to join his dad in the NBA?
When can Bronny James play in the NBA?
How old is Bronny James?
To be eligible for selection in the NBA Draft, a player must be at least 19 years of age during the calendar year in which the draft is held and at least one year should have elapsed since the player’s graduation from high school.
Per these rules, Bronny James could enter the 2024 NBA Draft as it falls one year after his high school graduation in 2023. Born on Oct. 6, 2004, Bronny James would turn 20 ahead of the 2024-25 NBA season, while his father would turn 40 in December of 2024.
Could Bronny James enter the draft earlier than 2024?
Hypothetically speaking, Bronny’s birthdate would allow him to enter the 2023 NBA Draft if he were to reclassify and graduate from high school in 2022. From there, he could enroll to play at a prep school, a college or sign with a non-NBA team such as the G League Ignite for the 2022-23 season.
Once he was a year removed from graduating, Bronny James could enter the 2023 NBA Draft as his 19th birthday falls in the year 2023. LeBron will turn 39 during the 2023-24 NBA season.
How tall is Bronny James?
According to 247Sports.com, Bronny measures in at 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds.
A combo guard, he is capable of playing both the point and shooting guard positions.
What are Bronny James’ college offers?
According to Eric Bossi of 247Sports, Bronny is believed to have received interest from Duke, Ohio State, Tennessee and Texas among other schools.
ESPN, which pegs Bronny James as the 49th-best recruit in the Class of 2023, shows that he has received a scholarship offer from John Calipari and the University of Kentucky.