Sierra Canyon’s Bronny James will don the cardinal and gold.
The 6-foot-3 senior guard announced his commitment to play at USC on Saturday afternoon via Instagram. James picked USC over scholarship offers from Ohio State and Memphis. Oregon was also reportedly among one of James’ top schools.
James was selected as a McDonald’s All-American this year after averaging 14.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 27 games. The combo guard is rated a four-star recruit on ESPN and a five-star prospect in the 247Sports.com composite rankings.
James – the eldest son of Lakers star LeBron James – has had a wild four-year high school career at Sierra Canyon. Since his freshman season, the program’s reputation combined with the star-studded last name created a circus of flashing lights, Youtube videos that garnered millions of views, filled NBA arenas, and even a documentary on Amazon Prime called “Top Class”.
“First of all, congratulations to my son on his next journey, on picking a great university in USC,” LeBron James said after the Lakers defeated the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of their second-round playoff series on Saturday night at Crypto.com Arena. “I’m proud of him. This is an incredible thing. Unless it was one of my great grandmothers or great grandfathers or someone who was way before my time, to my knowledge, this is the first one out of the James gang to go to college. Obviously, his dad didn’t go to school. His mom didn’t go to college.”
Fattal: Sierra Canyon basketball’s Bronny James leads by example in a contagious way
Saturday’s news puts a bow on James’ high school career.
As a freshman, he played with three players that would end up as McDonald’s All-Americans in Ziaire Williams, Brandon Boston and Amari Bailey, but he played in all 34 games, which included his first varsity start on Dec. 3, 2019.
Bronny James gets first career start tonight for Sierra Canyon. pic.twitter.com/IQVBLpnBq9
— Tarek Fattal (@Tarek_Fattal) December 4, 2019
The highlight of James’ freshman season – and maybe his career – came in Columbus, Ohio when he scored a season-high 15 points in front of LeBron James to help Sierra Canyon beat LeBron’s alma mater St. Vincent-St. Mary, 59-56, at Nationwide Arena. Bronny had a steal and go-ahead basket with under a minute left. Bronny finished that season averaging 4.1 points per game.
What a moment for LeBron James. Sees Bronny score a career high (15 points), get awarded MVP, and get the go-ahead steal and layup late in the game to help lift Sierra Canyon to a 59-56 win over LeBron’s alma mater St. Vincent-St. Mary. pic.twitter.com/Qu8WwgF4J0
— Tarek Fattal (@Tarek_Fattal) December 15, 2019
Bronny’s sophomore year was hindered by the pandemic and a knee injury that sidelined him for the entirety of the abbreviated spring season. He returned in the playoffs that spring of 2021, but just for a few games. As a junior, Bronny would play with another McDonald’s All-American in Kijani Wright, who will be a sophomore at USC next season. Led by then-senior Amari Bailey, James went on to average 8.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.9 steals in 29 games.
In Bronny’s four years at Sierra Canyon, the program played in the CIF Southern Section Open Division playoffs every year, including this past season. Despite losing all three Open Division pool-play games, Bronny led the Trailblazers to the CIF State Division I SoCal Regional final (one game short of the state championship), but they fell short to Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks, led by Duke commit Caleb Foster. Notre Dame went on to win the Division I state title.