Report: Bronny James 'likes' Oregon, according to Ducks 5-star PF signee
Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon four-star combo guard Bronny James is one of the top unsigned players in the 2023 cycle. He currently has a long list of suitors, including Michigan, Ohio State and Oregon among others.
Baltimore (Md.) Montverde Academy five-star power forward Kwame Evans Jr., a Ducks signee, is hoping James takes his talents to Eugene. In a conversation with Yahoo Sports’ Krysten Peek, Evans Jr. shared that the son of NBA star LeBron James has interest in Oregon.
“(Bronny) told me he likes Oregon, and I want him to visit there,” Evans told Peek. “Everyone that’s coming in is unselfish. We all cut, move and don’t hold the ball too long, so it’s going to benefit him. Bronny can be more of a playmaker and a shot creator, and I think we would play really well together.”
Peek also wrote that Michigan, Ohio State and USC are programs contending for James’ recruitment. He took an unofficial visit to the Buckeyes on the weekend of Sept. 3.
James is the No. 38 overall prospect and No. 10 combo guard in the 2023 On3 Consensus. He is also the No. 7 player in California.
On3 rates James higher than other recruiting services, according to the Industry Comparison. Per On3, James is the No. 29 overall prospect, No. 6 combo guard and No. 5 player in California.
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According to the On3 Recruiting Prediction Machine, Ohio State has a commanding lead for his commitment at 95.5%.
RPM was released to the public in December. The On3 engineering group teamed up with Spiny.ai to create the industry’s first algorithm and machine learning-based product to predict where athletes will attend college.
It factors in machine learning, social sentiment, visits and historical trends. However, expert predictions are still a big piece of the RPM equation.
James has an On3 NIL Valuation of $7.5M, the highest amount in the On3 NIL 100. The On3 NIL Valuation is the industry’s leading index that sets high school and college athletes’ projected annual value (PAV). The NIL valuation does not act as a tracker of the value of NIL deals an athlete has completed to date. It rather signifies an athlete’s value at a certain moment in time.
Bronny James On3 Scouting Summary
The following is the On3 Scouting Summary for Bronny James:
“Bronny James is a sturdy guard, with a strong frame, long arms, and broad shoulders. The 6-2/6-3 guard is a noted defender at the point of attack. He moves his feet well laterally and plays with a chip on his shoulder. Offensively he does not really show blow-by burst in the half-court, but he attacks closeouts well, and he is strong in the paint. James is good in transition, has a little bit of wiggle there, and can get on the rim. He is explosive in straight lines.
“James needs to tighten his handle in space. One of his biggest areas of improvement is from three, where he has cleaned up his mechanics – especially the release – and gathered his balance. James made 13 threes in six Peach Jam games at a 35 percent clip. He will need to finish better at the rim, especially in traffic. When playing as the primary initiator, he takes care of the ball with a better than 2.5:1 assists to turnover ratio at Peach Jam.”