10-year-old LeBron James, Jr. is already receiving scholarship offers from college programs.
LeBron James was a high school basketball phenom at Saint Vincent-Saint Mary in Akron, Ohio. By the time his junior year hit James and his team was regularly playing games on ESPN. There has never been a more hyped and well-known high school basketball star as the player who became known as King James.
Of course he was highly recruited by nearly every college in the country, but James was never a real option for college basketball due to the still in place at the time rule that high school players could directly enter the NBA draft.
Around his second year in the NBA, while with the Cleveland Cavaliers, James and his then fiancée had a son, LeBron Jr. Fast forward 10 years and the cycle is beginning anew. In fact it has been accelerated.
The 10-year-old James appears to be a basketball prodigy in much the same way that his father was growing up through high school in Akron.
Junior has game, as evidence by this video.
Playing at John Lucas’ All-Star weekend, LeBron Jr. exhibited many of the same skills and floor vision that his father now makes look routine in the NBA for the hometown Cavs.
The result of the junior’s play in such events is a similar assault on his mail box from college recruiters and scouts. At just 10 years old.
By all accounts, Ohio State’s Thad Matta—the in-state major school for James—has led the charge. And the elder James is not too keen on the idea.
While the generation’s best NBA player is not calling anyone out specifically, he did relay his displeasure through CBS Detroit’s Mike Sullivan, “Yeah, he’s already got some offers from colleges, it’s pretty crazy. It should be a violation, you shouldn’t be recruiting 10-year-old kids.”
With all of this craziness coming just 11 years after King James entered the NBA after a legendary high school career, it is possible the 30-year-old is simply reminiscing on his own experience and realizing things will only get crazier for his youngster.
Imagine what life will be like if the kid continues on the path of his father to high school stardom and multiple ESPN broadcasts. Could the global icon find some way to protect his son from that? It appears, at least for now, he is mulling those things.
He seems right to not want his son to garner all this attention, specifically being recruited by colleges, at just 10-years of age.
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