The time has almost come for Bronny James to make his highly anticipated college decision.
James has been front and center in the spotlight recently. At the beginning of March, his high school basketball career came to an end when Sierra Canyon fell in the Southern California Division-I Regional Final.
A few weeks later, he starred in the McDonald’s All-American Game, scoring 15 points while flashing his sharp perimeter shooting, knocking down five 3-pointers.
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This past weekend, he continued to show out for NBA scouts, competing for Team USA in the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Oregon — a showcase for the best high school prospects in the world.
With the initial signing window for Division 1 college basketball officially open, all eyes will be on the son of NBA superstar LeBron James as he enters the time frame where a commitment is expected to be made.
When will James make his college commitment and which schools is he considering? The Sporting News has you covered with the latest updates below.
When will Bronny James make his college commitment?
According to the National Letter of Intent official website, April 12, 2023, is the initial signing day for Division-I college basketball. The latest date James could sign is May 17, 2023.
James spoke to the media for the first time at the Nike Hoop Summit on April 5. He kept it simple on what it has been like to be recruited by his friends and peers at the recent high school showcase events.
“It’s fun times,” he told the media. “It’s good to joke with them. Talking to them, talking to coaches, it’s good to know that they want me there with them. But at the end of the day, it’s my decision, and I need to make the right one for me.”
On April 6, basketball insider Adam Zagoria reported for Forbes Sports that a source close to James said, “I’m sure he’ll make his decision real soon.”
Latest Bronny James news, recruiting updates
James was the only player in the McDonald’s All-American Game who has not committed to a college.
He has received offers from Ohio State, USC, Oregon, Kentucky, Memphis and Michigan, per ESPN’s recruiting database.
Duke, Kansas, North Carolina and UCLA are the other schools listed that have expressed interest.
Luca Evans of The Los Angeles Times reported in January that James was expected to make a decision after the season and has Ohio State, USC and Oregon as his top three schools.
James also went on an official visit to Ohio State back in September. Take a look at some recruiting news and updates by school below.
April 13, 2023: Both 247 Sports and On3’s “Crystal Ball” predictions favor James to USC. 247 Sports gives James a 100 percent chance to land at USC. On3 has the Trojans at 72.3 percent with Ohio State still looming at 27.5 percent.
March 30, 2023: Isaiah Collier, the No. 1 ranked player in the class of 2023 and a USC commit, says he was trying to recruit James at the McDonald’s All-American Game.
“Stay home, that’s all I’ve got to say. Stay home,” Collier said he told James at the McDonald’s All-American Game practices.
“He’s a great shooter,” Collier said of James. “I feel like he’s one of the best all-around players in the country. He’s a great player. He knows how to play the game, he’s not going to overdo anything. I’m trying to recruit him.”
March 14, 2023: NBA superstar Kevin Durant says his guess is James goes to USC.
“I would love to see Bronny in college instead of going the other route,” Durant said. “I wanna see Bronny hoop. I wanna be in real time, see what he’s doing and follow his journey.
“It’s obviously going to be easy for Bron to catch games if he’s at USC.”
As Arash Markazi of The Sporting Tribune noted, USC’s home games are in close proximity to Crypto.com Arena, which is where the Lakers play their home games.
April 6, 2023: Jackson Shelstad, an Oregon commit and an early standout from the Nike Hoop Summit, said he’s been trying to recruit James to the Ducks.
“I was trying to recruit him (Wednesday) morning,” Shelstad told the media. “He’s boys with Mookie (Cook, Oregon commit), he’s signed with Nike.
“Me, Mookie and KJ (Kwame Evans Jr., Oregon commit), all three freshmen coming in love his game. We’d love to play with him. We’re all unselfish, so I think it would be a great fit. We’d love to have him at Oregon.”
March 28, 2023: Mookie Cook, the No. 25 ranked player in the class of 2023 and an Oregon commit, was also working James to come to his future school at the McDonald’s All-American Game.
“With him maybe going to Oregon, of course we want him. I want him,” Cook told the media. “He’s super good on both sides of the ball. He a great point guard, he can shoot, get to the rim and pretty much do all three things. He’s a good leader.”
January 23, 2023: According to Bill Oram of The Oregonian, James has not actually received a scholarship offer from Oregon. However, LeBron James says there’s “a chance” his son will play at Oregon next season, adding that Ducks coach Dana Altman “knows the interest.”
“I think Bronny can go to any college he wants to,” LeBron said.
August 16, 2022: LeBron James responds to a report that Oregon has emerged as the frontrunner to land Bronny.
“He hasn’t taken 1 visit yet and has only had a few calls with coaches and universities,” the Lakers star tweeted. “When Bronny makes his choice you’ll hear it from him.”
He hasn’t taken 1 visit yet and has only had a few calls with coaches and universities. When Bronny makes his choice you’ll hear it from him. #JamesGang👑 https://t.co/BBciKxl7m8
— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 17, 2022
September 6, 2022: Bronny James posts images of himself on Instagram wearing an Ohio State uniform with the caption, “buckeye nation? #notcommitted 🙂👍🏾.”
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September 3, 2022: Bronny James attends Ohio State’s football game against Notre Dame on an unofficial visit. Adam Jardy of The Columbus Dispatch reports that James spent “about four hours earlier in the day visiting with the program,” which included watching practice and taking part in a photoshoot.
James received “We want Bronny” chants from the crowd at the Ohio State vs. Notre Dame game.
Ohio State fans: “We want Bronny.” 👀
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) September 4, 2022