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Sunday / September 25.
  • Ohio State football fans chant ‘We want Bronny’ during Bronny James visit

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    With LeBron James and his older son Bronny James on the sidelines Saturday for Ohio State’s 21-10 victory over Notre Dame, the football fans let the basketball recruit know he is wanted.

    “We want Bronny,” they chanted, as LeBron acknowledged the crowd.

    LeBron grew up in Akron, Ohio and has said that if he attended college, it likely would have been at Ohio State.

    Bronny, a 6-foot-3 senior point guard at Sierra Canyon (CA), is being recruited by Ohio State, Oregon, USC and Memphis, among others.

    “Everything about Bronny is he’s a normal kid,” Ed Estevan, the Strive For Greatness coach and an assistant at Sierra Canyon, said at Peach Jam. “I understand he don’t have a normal life, but he’s just a regular normal kid. He wants  to experience all the other things that all the other kids get to experience.So he will be taking college visits, he will be on campus and doing all those things, too.

    “There are a lot of coaches calling all the time, ever since the first [NIke EYBL] session. From the beginning, people were just skeptical because they didn’t know what he was going to do. But now a lot of college coaches know that he has interest in college and that’s somewhere he will probably see himself going, so the phone is going off like crazy.”

    LeBron has already said publicly he wants to play his final year in the NBA in 2024 with Bronny, who turns 18 in October, so the younger James figures to be a one-and-done at whatever place he spends the 2023-24 season.

    “Wherever Bronny is at, that’s where I’ll be,” LeBron told The Athletic, reprising a scenario from his childhood when Ken Griffey and his son, Ken Griffey Jr., played together for the Seattle Mariners. “I would do whatever it takes to play with my son for one year. It’s not about the money at that point.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.