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LeBron James’ eldest son Bronny is drawing the interest of top college basketball programs across the country, suggesting the young high school guard is poised to follow in his father’s footsteps.

Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and the University of North Carolina are all eyeing the Sierra Canyon High School junior, 17, who is listed at 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, according to 247 Sports.

On Friday, LeBron James posted an Instagram video showing Bronny bouncing a ball off the backboard and executing a windmill dunk in the gym of the Southern California high school.

‘Scary hours coming soon!!’ the proud father wrote in the caption.

On Friday, LeBron James posted an Instagram video showing his eldest son Bronny, 17, bouncing a ball off the backboard and executing a windmill dunk

On Friday, LeBron James posted an Instagram video showing his eldest son Bronny, 17, bouncing a ball off the backboard and executing a windmill dunk

On Friday, LeBron James posted an Instagram video showing his eldest son Bronny, 17, bouncing a ball off the backboard and executing a windmill dunk

Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and the University of North Carolina are all eyeing the Sierra Canyon High School junior, who is listed at 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds

Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and the University of North Carolina are all eyeing the Sierra Canyon High School junior, who is listed at 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds

Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and the University of North Carolina are all eyeing the Sierra Canyon High School junior, who is listed at 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds

Bronny, whose full name is LeBron James Jr., is the eldest of the Los Angeles Lakers star’s three children.

While he is a year or more away from committing to a college, some of the top programs in the country are already taking a look. 

‘Athletically, James is impressive and he’s continued to become more athletic over the last year,’ 247 Sports Director of Basketball Recruiting Evan Daniels wrote.

‘Where he impresses the most is with his feel for the game, vision and passing,’ he added.

‘James is also an impressive shooter with good shot mechanics. He’s comfortable pulling up for one and two dribble pull-ups, and has a lot of potential as a long-range shooter. It’s still early in the process, and ultimately his upside will be determined by his physical and skill growth.’ 

Bronny, whose full name is LeBron James Jr., is the eldest of the Los Angeles Lakers star's three children. They are seen together above in 2019

Bronny, whose full name is LeBron James Jr., is the eldest of the Los Angeles Lakers star's three children. They are seen together above in 2019

Bronny, whose full name is LeBron James Jr., is the eldest of the Los Angeles Lakers star’s three children. They are seen together above in 2019

LeBron James, left, poses with his son Bronny after Sierra Canyon beat Akron St. Vincent - St. Mary in a high school basketball game in Columbus, Ohio in December 2019

LeBron James, left, poses with his son Bronny after Sierra Canyon beat Akron St. Vincent - St. Mary in a high school basketball game in Columbus, Ohio in December 2019

LeBron James, left, poses with his son Bronny after Sierra Canyon beat Akron St. Vincent – St. Mary in a high school basketball game in Columbus, Ohio in December 2019

Though young Bronny shows tremendous promise on the court, 247 analyst Jerry Meyer says a big question remains how he responds mentally to the pressure of being the son of an NBA superstar.

‘What will be interesting to observe is how he deals with the intense pressure and scrutiny from being the son of Lebron James,’ Meyer said.

‘How he deals with that circumstance will have much to do with how good he becomes. He will have to go through a tough process of defining and becoming who he is as his own individual,’ the analyst added.

Nevertheless, Meyer said he expects Bronny ‘to develop into a quality high major player.’ 

‘And with his lineage, there is a strong reason to believe that he will have a blossoming physically and in his game in the upcoming years,’ he said.

Bronny James #0 of Sierra Canyon Trailblazers warms up before the game against the Minnehaha Academy Red Hawks at Target Center on January 4, 2020, in Minneapolis

Bronny James #0 of Sierra Canyon Trailblazers warms up before the game against the Minnehaha Academy Red Hawks at Target Center on January 4, 2020, in Minneapolis

Bronny James #0 of Sierra Canyon Trailblazers warms up before the game against the Minnehaha Academy Red Hawks at Target Center on January 4, 2020, in Minneapolis

LeBron 'Bronny' James Jr., #0 of Sierra Canyon High School, is greeted by his father LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers following the Ohio Scholastic Play-By-Play Classic in 2019

LeBron 'Bronny' James Jr., #0 of Sierra Canyon High School, is greeted by his father LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers following the Ohio Scholastic Play-By-Play Classic in 2019

LeBron ‘Bronny’ James Jr., #0 of Sierra Canyon High School, is greeted by his father LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers following the Ohio Scholastic Play-By-Play Classic in 2019

Last academic year, Sierra Canyon was 16-2 in a shortened season due to the coronavirus pandemic, but Bronny sat out the season to recover from surgery to repair a torn meniscus.

As a freshman the year before, Bronny James averaged 4.1 points in 15 minutes per game and was Sierra Canyon’s only player to appear in all 34 games of the season. 

The team’s winter schedule this year kicks off on November 18 with a matchup against Montgomery High School.

Sierra Canyon’s high-powered roster will include Kijani Wright, a five-star power forward in the Class of 2022, and fellow five-star prospect Amari Bailey. 

Source: Daily Mail UK

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