But his hiring was largely a “don’t call us, we’ll call you,” and he ended up visiting other than basketball powerhouses like Duke University and Kentucky. Instead, he toured places where he could play more casually. Oregon is the benefactor of Nike founder Phil Knight and a shoe company with strong ties to James. Ohio State University is the school LeBron said he would have attended if he had to go to college before he went to the NBA. and a school near his hometown, USC
The Trojans will also include DJ Rodman, a transfer from Washington state, whose father, Dennis, was a pop culture sensation in the ’90s. But it’s not a scion team of basketball stars.
USC should be a pretty good team with the addition of one of the nation’s top freshmen, point guard Isiah Collier from Marietta, Georgia. He will be teaming up with Boogie Ellis, the second-ranked return scorer in the Pac-12. Center Joshua Morgan led the conference by blocks last season. And forward Kobe Johnson is the conference’s leading returner in steals.
The 7-foot-1 center Yiwu Chukwu is also considered an NBA prospect.
After this season, Bronnie James will be eligible for the NBA Draft. LeBron James has often spoken about wanting to play on an NBA team with his son, even hinting that he would like to play with his younger son Bryce, 16, who attends Campbell Hall School in Los Angeles.
LeBron James, 38, led the Lakers to the Western Conference Finals last season in what was his 20th season in the NBA. In February, he overtook Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who held the title for nearly 39 years, as the NBA’s all-time leading scorer.
Gina KorataLivia Albek-Lipka, Adam Zagoria and Jesús Jimenez contributed to the report.