LOS ANGELES — Bronny James will be a USC Trojan next season after officially announcing his commitment on Saturday.
The five-star guard is a massive recruit for head coach Andy Enfield, who will also count on no. 1 player in the country Isaiah Collier for the 2023-24 season.
Bronny is a contender for the best two-way guard in his class. He played his high school basketball in Chatsworth for Sierra Canyon School, about half an hour from the University of Southern California campus.
Ohio State, Oregon, and other schools and professional pathways were previously involved in James’ recruitment.
Who is Bronny James as a prospect?
I have evaluated Bronny James for three years on different teams in various contexts. I fully believe he has the makings to be a high first round pick in the 2024 NBA Draft and a valuable college player.
Few prospects are as comfortable and versatile from deep as Bronny. The 18-year-old has a pure stroke from downtown with real diversity to his triples, as he can shoot off movement, coming off screens, or spotting up. His pull-up has also become dangerous this season, with Bronny having legit range stretching back to NBA territory. He will provide USC with much-needed floor spacing, especially since Collier is still growing there.
This was on display at the McDonald’s All American Game recently — James’ 15 points were all threes — and the Nike Hoop Summit.
With regards to playmaking, Bronny is a two-way stud. He still needs more reps in the half-court because of the nature of the high school game, but he’s flashed some nice pick-and-roll reads in EYBL action. His transition play also stands out, as James is able to take his team up the court in seconds with one or both hands.
On defense, Bronny’s activity largely shows up in the passing lanes. He doesn’t gamble, but instead, is very good at anticipating and timing himself for steals. His sturdy, mature physique also makes him a reliable positional defender. He is 6-foot-3, which is slightly undersized for his 3-and-D tendencies, but plays bigger than that through his length and strength. Bronny should be able to switch onto bigger guards and smaller wings at USC.
Down the line, the biggest improvement for Bronny will be his self-creation. He can still be more assertive, but part of it will also be continuing to work on his handle to create separation against set defenses, continue becoming more comfortable in the mid-range, and also expanding his repertoire of finishes around the basket to maximize his athleticism.