Bronny James to enter NBA draft after one season at Southern California

Los Angeles, April 6, 2024

Bronny James, the 19-year-old son of LeBron James, announced on his Instagram account on Friday that he will enter the NBA draft after one season at Southern California. He also plans to maintain his college eligibility and will enter the transfer portal.

James played in 25 games for the Trojans, starting six. He averaged 4.8 points and 2.8 rebounds. He shot 37% from the field, 27% from 3-point range, and 68% from the free throw line.

The elder James, his wife, and their 9-year-old daughter were often courtside spectators at Galen Center this season.

The 39-year-old James has been vocal about his desire to play in the NBA with his son.

Rich Paul, CEO of Klutch Sports, who represents the father and son, recently said that he “doesn’t value a young player coming into the lottery as much as I do putting him in the right situation on the right team for the right developmental process.”

James, a 6-foot-4 combo guard, didn’t make his college debut until Dec. 10. Afterward, James appeared before the media for less than a minute to thank the doctors, athletic trainers and support system who helped him get back to playing.

James never spoke to reporters during the season, despite multiple requests.

He suffered cardiac arrest during a workout at Galen Center on July 20. He was found to have a congenital heart defect that was correctable.

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