Bronny James has consistently for many years been regarded as a top-tier college basketball prospect. As the son of LeBron James and a standout at Sierra Canyon, his ceiling was viewed as limitless.
As recently as May, Bronny was regarded as a top 30 prospect by Rivals’ 2023 Prospect Ranking System. Over the past few years he has consistently hovered in that range.
This past month something changed.
In June, Bronny plummeted down Rivals’ rankings. The graph speaks for itself:
Dropping from No. 29 to No. 60 is significant. At the moment it is unclear what led to that precipitous decline. Obviously there has been some chatter in recent months about his size relative to his younger brother Bryce’s. And then there was also talk of how NBA scouts view Bryce as the better prospect.
But does all that really explain this massive drop? It’s hard to say.
Bronny has been in the headlines quite a bit over the past few months. Between his polarizing photos with his new girlfriend and his purported role in Russell Westbrook coming to L.A., it has been one thing after another.
There are currently 4 prominent collegiate programs he is linked to. After that, he and LeBron have made it no secret that they want to play one season in the NBA together. League execs have a pretty strong take on that topic, but if it does ultimately come to fruition, it feels like there is only one team it could happen on.
— Game 7 (@game7__) June 25, 2022
No matter what happens with the rankings, it feels unlikely that Bronny won’t get a shot at the collegiate level and the NBA.
Nobody is turning away LeBron’s son without giving him the opportunity to prove himself.
What will he ultimately end up doing with that opportunity, though?
Time will tell.