LeBron James Comments on Son Getting College Scholarship Offers at Age 10

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistFebruary 25, 2015

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LeBron James Jr. is already drawing interest from college programs despite being just 10 years old, eliciting the ire of his superstar dad.

The Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James isn't happy about the early start to the recruiting process, saying it should be a violation to contact young players like his son.

"Yeah, he's already got some offers from colleges," James said, according to Mike Sullivan of CBS Detroit. "It's pretty crazy. It should be a violation. You shouldn't be recruiting 10-year-old kids."

The four-time NBA Most Valuable Player didn't name any of the schools involved in the early recruiting.

But could the University of Kentucky be in the young James' future?

Kentucky Sports Connect's Dan Bodner tweeted out a photo of James' son in head basketball coach John Calipari's office, wearing the coach's title rings back in July: 

James said his son, who the report points out still hasn't reached middle school, showcases much of the same natural ability the elder had as a child.

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"He plays just like I did," James said. "He has great awareness, and he'd rather pass first and set guys up. Most kids nowadays just want to score."

James never played college ball, jumping directly from St. Vincent–St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio to the NBA. Since then, the league has changed its rules and players must be at least one year removed from high school before entering the NBA.

The younger James still has a long way to go before any type of basketball career comes into focus. At age 10, playing any sport should be purely about the love of the game, and early recruiting certainly takes some of that innocence away.

It sounds like the NBA star is doing his best to limit his son's exposure to the process at this stage. But even he couldn't contain his excitement when discussing what "Bronny" has shown on the court.

What the future holds is very much a mystery, but colleges clearly don't want to miss out on their chance to grab LeBron James Jr.'s attention—even if it means contacting him about eight years before making a college choice would be on his to-do list.