NBA Draft Alert: Bronny James Shocks Fans by Skipping College and Entering the Upcoming Draft!

Los Angeles, California – Bronny James, the son of NBA superstar LeBron James, has made the decision to enter the 2024 NBA Draft, forgoing his remaining college eligibility. This announcement was made by their agent Rich Paul to ESPN before the NCAA deadline on Wednesday. While not considered a top prospect at the moment, James has garnered attention due to his surname and his journey back to the court following a serious health scare.

Despite not being included in The Athletic’s post-lottery mock draft, James has received over 10 workout invitations from NBA teams. He is expected to visit only a few, including the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Lakers. The Phoenix Suns, holding the No. 22 pick, will conduct a workout with James ahead of the draft.

James, who suffered a cardiac arrest last July, has been fully cleared to play by the NBA’s Fitness to Play Panel. He participated in all pre-draft activities, starting with the NBA Draft Combine earlier this month. The 19-year-old made his college debut for USC last season after being cleared by doctors four months post-incident.

LeBron James, expressing his desire to end his career playing alongside his son, has created added intrigue to Bronny’s draft journey. At USC, Bronny averaged 4.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 2.1 assists in 19.3 minutes per game, following the departure of his college coach Andy Enfield to SMU.

As the NBA Draft approaches on June 26-27, the younger James’ decision to enter the draft comes ahead of his father’s decision on whether to opt into his $51.4 million player option for the 2024-25 season. Team sources have indicated that the Lakers are open to the idea of potentially drafting Bronny to fulfill LeBron’s dream of playing alongside his son.

Bronny’s measurements at the combine indicate a height of 6-foot-1 1/2 without shoes, with a 6-7 1/4 wingspan and an 8-2 1/2 standing reach. While his shooting potential has been questioned, evaluators believe he has the ability to translate his shooting skills to the pros. The confirmation of his athleticism through his vertical leap testing has not drastically changed evaluations of his draft stock positively.

Overall, Bronny James’ decision to enter the 2024 NBA Draft has sparked excitement and anticipation among fans and NBA teams alike, with the potential of fulfilling a dream that could see father and son playing together on the same team in the near future.