With Bronny James Jr. entering his senior year of high school in Sierra Canyon school, all eyes are rightfully on him as he inches closer to the NBA. After all, LeBron James has expressed his desire to play with his firstborn when he steps foot in the NBA.
While the deserved attention is all on Bronny, the basketball community isn't talking about James' second son, Bryce James, who also deserves as much of the limelight.
Bryce's growth spurt
Over the summer, Bronny and Bryce have been competing in the annual AAU tournament for Strive For Greatness. Bryce, who's playing in the U16 AAU bracket, caught people's attention with his growth spurt this summer. The 6-foot-6 small forward has passed Bronny's height (6-foot-3) and is now close to LeBron's stature (6-foot-8). Aside from his physical growth, Bryce's skills have also immensely developed over the past year.
This week, Bryce had his most impressive AAU game by leading his Strive for Greatness squad to a clutch victory. With 1 second left on the clock and his team down 2 points, the incoming sophomore attacked the basket and drew a foul on a 3-point attempt. The best part? The second-born easily knocked all 3 free throws down to secure the win against Showtime Elite.
Bryce's performance in this game depicted his improvements this summer with his skillset, strength, and conditioning. He showed flashes of his ability to get to the basket at will and score efficiently from the field. Bryce's rebounding and shooting skills, as well as his overall confidence, were apparent.
Bryce's scouting report
Since both Bronny and Bryce are LeBron's sons, it's unavoidable for basketball-related people to compare them with each other. After a few weeks of the AAU tournament this year, insiders have noticed a massive difference between Bryce's game and Bronny's. Benyam Kidane of The Sporting News has the latest scouting report on the younger James brother:
"While Bronny is more of a playmaking guard, Bryce's size allows him to attack the basket at will, swallow rebounds, and get out in transition. The striking feature of his game is his ability and confidence shooting the ball, an area you can tell he has focused on. In 2018, LeBron declared the then 11-year-old was already the 'best shooter in the household," Kidane wrote.
"Bryce is developing a solid game but still doesn't have the same athletic gifts as his elder brother or father. He doesn't have the explosive jump, but he has a steady shot, good court awareness, and could seemingly grow to be a very tall player. His high school season is going to get a lot more eyes this year," Kidane added.
Ultimately, only time will tell how great Bryce turns out to be and whether or not he will eventually be the one to take the throne from LeBron moving forward. The incoming sophomore has a huge year ahead of him at Sierra Canyon High School. At the moment, though, LeBron should be pleased with the growth of his youngest son over the past couple of months.