Bronny James’ decision to commit to USC as where he will be playing college ball has led to a lot of speculation about what his first season as a Trojan will look like.
Head coach Andy Enfield did what he needed to do – he got Bronny.
Now he just needs to figure out how to utilize him.
One of the big questions facing all parties involved is whether Bronny will start or come off the bench next year.
According to college hoops insider Jon Rothstein, the latter option seems to be very likely.
Early prediction on USC’s 2023-24 starting five:
Isaiah Collier, Boogie Ellis, Kobe Johnson, DJ Rodman, Joshua Morgan
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) July 11, 2023
Although the prospect of an incoming freshman coming off the bench doesn’t seem all that crazy in general terms, Bronny’s celebrity complicates the equation to some degree.
Some fans don’t seem to believe that he will be relegated to Sixth Man status.
Jon thinks Klutch and Lebron are gonna let little Bronny come off the bench pic.twitter.com/OYKfJaJhgk
— Will (@willh901) July 11, 2023
Lottery pick Bronny isn’t starting 😂
— WOLF OF DC (@CHASE_GUAC) July 12, 2023
Bronny ain’t coming off the bench
— Jake (@lightning_1403) July 12, 2023
Bronny needs to start the year as 6th man, I’m interested to see how Vince developed this off-season and if he can battle Morgan for the job although I like them both
— Greenskeeper (@Jack08548244) July 12, 2023
Bronny will be a starter just cause it’s bronny
— Bobby Cushing (@BCushJourn) July 12, 2023
What really sets Bronny apart from a lot of his peers is his maturity. He lacks the physical gifts that both his dad and younger brother have, but he hasn’t let that slow him down.
And it’s hard to see a scenario where he would be all that put off by initially coming off the bench. Especially if it would help USC succeed.
What an offseason for the Los Angeles Lakers. https://t.co/ohpvafhNNK
— Game 7 (@game7__) July 17, 2023
One way or another, Bronny figures to be an integral part of the Trojans’ plans going forward.
The question is just what his role will be and how prominently he will be featured in the beginning.
Will Bronny end up starting or coming off the bench when it’s all said and done? Time will tell.
Jennifer Withers Hoey is a former Business Development Manager who transitioned to writing about sports. With valuable connections all over the West Coast, she has used those contacts to break some of the most interesting stories pertaining to the Portland Trail Blazers, Oregon Ducks, LA Lakers, LA Clippers, Seattle Supersonics (RIP), and more.