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Report: Bronny James Has Oregon, Ohio State, USC in Top 3; Will Commit After Season

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 20, 2023

LA CANADA-FLINTRIDGE, CA - JANUARY 18: Bronny James #0 of Sierra Canyon High School, son of LeBron James of the NBA Los Angeles Lakers, cheers on  teammates from the bench during the second half against St. Francis High School on January 18, 2023 in La Canada-Flintridge, California. James did not play. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Bronny James is the last top 50 player in the 2023 high school class to make his college decision.

It appears we won't be waiting much longer.

Luca Evans of the Los Angeles Times reported James has narrowed his choices to Ohio State, USC and Oregon and will make a final determination at the end of Sierra Canyon's season.

All three schools are obvious fits, albeit for different reasons. Ohio State would allow Bronny to carve the collegiate legacy his father never did, going back to his birth state to play for the Buckeyes. LeBron James has said on multiple occasions that he would have attended Ohio State if he would have been forced to play a year of college basketball before entering the NBA.

The Los Angeles Lakers star recently told Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times that he feels like an "honorary" Ohio State alumni.

USC would allow Bronny James to stay home in Los Angeles while playing college basketball, giving him the advantage of high-level basketball and comfort. The James family has spent nearly all of their time in Los Angeles since LeBron signed with the Lakers in 2018 and split time between L.A. and Ohio during his tenure with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

If Bronny wants to remain close to his family, USC should be considered the favorite.

Oregon, however, is an interesting wild card that may have the biggest trump card of all: Nike money. Bronny James signed an NIL deal with Nike last October, and Oregon counts Nike founder Phil Knight as its biggest booster. If blazing his own path is what Bronny wants from his college experience, he could choose Oregon to expand his horizons outside the home (while staying on the West Coast) and avoid the potential shadow LeBron leaves in Ohio basketball lore.

Ohio State and USC also have apparel deals with Nike.

Bronny James is the No. 36 player in the 2023 class, according to 247Sports' composite rankings.