LeBron James’ Son Bronny Commits to USC — Get to Know the NBA’s Next Generation of Basketball Stars

Basketball: Portrait of Los Angeles Lakers LeBron James (6) and his two sons Bronny James and Bryce James at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.Akron, OHq

LeBron James’ two sons, Bronny and Bryce, are poised to be part of the next generation of the NBA. And Bronny, LeBron’s eldest son, who turns 19 in October, took his first step towards that future by committing to play for the USC Trojans this fall on May 7.

Keep scrolling to learn more about the King’s two sons, how they’re already forces to be reckoned with in basketball, and how their dad has supported them every step of the way.

LeBron James is widely considered one of the great, if not the greatest, basketball players of all time, with four NBA championships, four MVP awards, and the all-time scoring record under his belt.

LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts with his MVP trophy and Finals trophy after winning the 2020 NBA Championship over the Miami Heat in Game Six of the 2020 NBA Finals
LeBron James after winning the 2020 NBA Championships. 

LeBron, 38, has been playing in the NBA since he was drafted in 2003 to the Cleveland Cavaliers at the age of 18. Since then, he’s racked up title after title, MVP after MVP, multiple All-Star appearances, and broken dozens of records.

He’s also amassed a sizable real-estate portfolio, multiple endorsement deals, started a semi-successful acting career, and opened a public school in Akron, Ohio, for underprivileged students.

Basketball player/actor LeBron James arrives at the Warner Bros Pictures world premiere of "Space Jam: A New Legacy" at the Regal LA Live in Los Angeles, California, July 12, 2021.
LeBron James arrives at the world premiere of “Space Jam: A New Legacy” in 2021. 

LeBron is actually a billionaire. Insider previously reported that, between $90 million in endorsements each year and his $532 million in earnings over the last 20 years, he’s become one of the wealthiest athletes of all time.

In his personal life, LeBron is also a success story. He’s been with his high school sweetheart Savannah James since they were teenagers. They tied the knot in 2013, and they have three kids: sons Bronny and Bryce and daughter Zhuri.

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LeBron James and Savannah Brinson in 2015. 

The future Mr. and Mrs. James met in 2002 while they were both in high school, and they had their first date at an Outback Steakhouse. They got engaged in 2011 and married in 2013.

Both of LeBron’s sons — 18-year-old Bronny and 15-year-old Bryce — are following in their father’s footsteps.

Bryce James, LeBron James, Bronny James in December 2022
Bryce James, LeBron James, and Bronny James in December 2022. 

Zhuri might follow in his footsteps too, but she’s only 8 years old at the moment.

In fact, LeBron said his eldest son, Bronny, is already better than some NBA players.

Bronny James #0 and Amari Bailey #10 of Sierra Canyon (CA) celebrate after defeating Glenbard West (IL) at Wintrust Arena on February 5, 2022
Bronny James and Amari Bailey celebrate on February 5, 2022. 

On March 6, 2023, the Lakers star tweeted, “Man Bronny definitely better than some of these cats I’ve been watching on league pass today,” calling it “lightweight hilarious.”

So, at the end of LeBron’s 20th season and his son Bronny’s decision to play at USC, let’s meet his two sons who are poised to carry on the James legacy.

Bryce James, LeBron James and LeBron James Jr attend the LeBron James press confernece to announce his 4th NBA MVP Award at American Airlines Arena on May 5, 2013 in Miami, Florida.
LeBron with his two sons Bryce and Bronny in 2013. 

His sons have been there for every big decision LeBron has had to make in his career.

LeBron Raymone “Bronny” James Jr. was born on October 6, 2004, right before his father’s second season in the NBA began.

LeBron James Jr. and NBA player LeBron James shoot the ball during the NBA All-Star celebrity game presented by Final Fantasy XIII held at the Dallas Convention Center on February 12, 2010
LeBron James Jr. and LeBron James on February 12, 2010. 

LeBron was just 19 years old when his first son was born, while his then-girlfriend Savannah was 18.

The James family moved from Ohio to Miami, Florida, in 2010 when Bronny was 6. They moved back to Cleveland in 2014 when Bronny was 10, before making a final move to the Los Angeles area in 2018 when Bronny was 14, right before he began his high school basketball career.

By the time he was 10, videos posted by his dad showing Bronny playing basketball were going viral.

LeBron James Jr. during youth tournament action at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., on Friday, July 21, 2017.
LeBron James Jr. in July 2017. 

LeBron posted a video of Bronny playing basketball in 2014 on Twitter, when Bronny was 10 years old. He added, “Proud of you son! Great job in Houston and congrats on bringing home 1st place.”

It was picked up by various news outlets, including ABC, who wrote Bronny was “pretty good at basketball, too.”

But he didn’t really garner headlines until he transferred to the California private school Sierra Canyon as a freshman in 2019, along with his younger brother, Bryce.

LeBron 'Bronny' James Jr. #0 of Sierra Canyon High School looks on during the Ohio Scholastic Play-By-Play Classic against St. Vincent-St. Mary High School at Nationwide Arena on December 14, 2019
LeBron ‘Bronny’ James Jr. in 2019. 

Bronny transferred to Sierra Canyon, a private K-12 school in Chatsworth, a residential neighborhood in Los Angeles, for his freshman year in 2019.

Even in the very beginning of his career at Sierra Canyon, the hype was real for Bronny. Sports photographer Cassy Athena told The Washington Post, “A lot of the high school guys are more famous than the NBA players. If I post a picture of Bronny, a lot of times it will get more traction than the NBA players.”

Bronny will graduate from high school this year, and he committed to playing college ball at USC this fall.

Sierra Canyon guard Bronny James goes up fro a dunk during a high school basketball game between Sierra Canyon and Wheeler in The Chosen-1's Invitational at Galen Center on January 7, 2023 i
Bronny James in 2023. 

He was classified as a four-star recruit (out of five stars), meaning that he was in high demand for any NCAA program.

As Insider’s Cork Gaines reported in January, scouts believed Bronny is “an elite defender” who shows “flashes of brilliance on the offensive end,” but could end up most likely being a role player or a reserve, as opposed to a record-breaking scorer like his dad.

Bronny finally made a decision on May 7 and announced his commitment to USC, playing for the Division I Trojans. That means he’ll be just down the road from his family and his dad’s team, the Lakers.

But Bronny is expected to only play a season in the NCAA anyway, because he could be drafted into the NBA by 2024. One analyst even predicted he’ll be a top-10 draft pick.

Bronny James #0 of Sierra Canyon (CA) shoots a three-point basket in the first half against Glenbard West (IL) at Wintrust Arena on February 5, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois
Bronny James in 2022. 

ESPN reported that Bronny had offers from the University of Kentucky, the University of Memphis, the University of Michigan, Ohio State University, the University of Oregon, and USC.

As Insider reported previously, the three colleges he reportedly considered most seriously were Ohio State (his and his dad’s home state), USC (which is close to his family’s home now), and Oregon, which has close ties to Nike — a brand that both Bronny and LeBron have strong relationships with.

Of course, he ended up choosing USC.

He played his final high school game in March 2023.

LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts with Bronny James after scoring to pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to become the NBA's all-time leading scorer, surpassing Abdul-Jabbar's career total of 38,387 points against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Crypto.com Arena on February 07, 2023
Bronny and LeBron James in 2023 after LeBron broke the all-time scoring record. 

Bronny’s final game as a Sierra Canyon Trailblazer ended up being a loss. His team lost to the Sherman Oaks school Notre Dame in the Southern California Division-I Regional Final on March 7.

He only scored 10 points, though Sporting News said he “attacked the glass with an attitude and rebounds extremely well.”

He was named a McDonald’s All American athlete in 2023, just like his dad was 20 years ago.

LeBron 'Bronny' James Jr. #0 of Sierra Canyon High School with his father LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers following the Ohio Scholastic Play-By-Play Classic against St. Vincent-St. Mary High School at Nationwide Arena on December 14, 2019
LeBron ‘Bronny’ James Jr. with his father LeBron James in 2019. 

The All-American game is an all-star game between high school graduates, separated into two teams: East and West.

His dad played for the East, and he was named MVP upon the team’s win against the West in 2003.

Outside basketball, Bronny is already making moves. He has a deal with Nike due to the new NCAA rules about college athletes profiting off their name, image, and likeness (NIL).

Sierra Canyon guard Bronny James Nike sneakers during a high school basketball game between Sierra Canyon and Wheeler in The Chosen-1's Invitational at Galen Center on January 7, 2023
Sierra Canyon guard Bronny James’ Nike sneakers during a high school basketball game on January 7, 2023. 

Up until late 2020, student athletes were unable to profit from their name, image, or likeness, without losing their NCAA eligibility — this was a controversial rule, with many critics calling college sports programs exploitative, as they made money off the athletes while the athletes were unable to make any money themselves.

But now the rule has changed and Bronny is taking advantage. He signed a deal with Nike in October 2022, following in his father’s footsteps.

Bronny also promotes Beats By Dre and has his own personal line of underwear.

He also appeared in a “God of War” ad alongside his dad in November 2022.

god of war ad with lebron and bronny
Bronny and LeBron.

You can watch the ad for the video game here.

Plus, he has an impressive 7.1 million followers on Instagram.

LeBron 'Bronny' James Jr. #0 of Sierra Canyon High School reacts during the Ohio Scholastic Play-By-Play Classic against St. Vincent-St. Mary High School at Nationwide Arena on December 14, 2019
Bronny James in 2019. 

On his account, he mainly posts photos and videos of himself playing basketball, hanging out with his family, or sponsored content.

LeBron has said he has no plans to retire until he can play in the NBA with Bronny. “My last year will be played with my son,” he said in 2022.

Bronny James #0 of the Sierra Canyon Trailblazers is greeted by his father and NBA player LeBron James after defeating the the Perry Pumas in the Hoophall West tournament at Footprint Center on December 11, 2021
Bronny James and LeBron James in 2021. 

“My last year will be played with my son,” LeBron told The Athletic in 2022. “Wherever Bronny is at, that’s where I’ll be. I would do whatever it takes to play with my son for one year. It’s not about the money at that point.”

Bronny’s not the only James with expectations of greatness placed upon him. His younger brother, Bryce, is also shaping up to be a talented basketball player.

Bryce James #5 of the Sierra Canyon Trailblazers looks to pass the ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Cleveland High School on November 19, 2022 in Reseda, California.
Bryce James in 2022. 

Bryce transferred to Sierra Canyon the same year his brother did. He’s wrapping up his freshman year now.

Bryce Maximus James was born on June 14, 2007, right in the middle of his father’s first NBA finals appearance.

Bryce James, son of LeBron James #27 of the 2015 USA Basketball Men's National Team, dribbles a ball during a practice session at the Mendenhall Center on August 12, 2015
Bryce James in 2015. 

LeBron was 22 when his second son was born, right before Game 4 of the 2007 NBA Championship. According to ESPN, Bryce’s middle name, Maximus, came from the 2000 film “Gladiator,” which is LeBron’s favorite. The hero of the film, played by Russell Crowe, is named Maximus.

Unfortunately, the Cavaliers lost the finals that year.

Now 15, Bryce is growing fast, and he is considered by some to have even more potential than his older brother. He’s already taller than him.

Bryce James and Bronny James of the Sierra Canyon Trailblazers before the game against the Notre Dame Knights at UCLA Pauley Pavilion on January 27, 2023
Bryce James and Bronny James in 2023. 

Bryce is reportedly 6 foot 6, which puts him above his 6-foot-2 older brother, and he’s only 15. There’s a solid chance he could catch up to his 6-foot-9 father.

He received his first college-scholarship offer in November 2022 to Duquesne University.

Bryce James talks to his dad, LeBron James, after the Sierra Canyon vs King Drew boys basketball game at Sierra Canyon High School on November 16, 2022 in Chatsworth, California.
Bryce James talks to his dad, LeBron James in 2022. 

Bryce received his first offer before his first high school basketball season really began. Duquesne University is a small Catholic university in Pennsylvania, though it is a Division I school.

It remains unlikely that’s where Bryce ends up by 2025.

Bryce has an impressive 1.5 million followers on Instagram.

bryce james in 2023
Bryce James in 2023. 

He has just four posts on his grid, and they’re all about basketball.

Some analysts think Bryce has the potential to be a better player than his brother. Time will tell how the James brothers each stack up against the GOAT: their dad.

Bronny James high fives brother Bryce James at the Sierra Canyon vs Christ The King boys basketball game at Sierra Canyon High School on December 12, 2022
Bronny James high fives brother Bryce James on December 12, 2022. 

“There are people who told me that Bryce actually might be the better prospect amongst the two,” ESPN’s Brian Windhorst said in 2022, according to Bleacher Report.

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