Sierra Canyon’s Bronny James commits to USC basketball

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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 4-star recruit on ESPN and a 5-star prospect in the composite rankings.

James – the eldest son of 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’.

Fattal: Sierra Canyon basketball’s Bronny James leads by example in a contagious way

Sunday’s news puts a bow on James’ high school career.

As a freshman he played with three players that would end up McDonald’s All-Americans in Ziaire Williams, Brandon Boston and Amari Bailey, but 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.

— 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.

— 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 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.

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