A tidbit tucked into an ESPN story posted Monday afternoon about the Cleveland Cavaliers’ NBA Finals victory over the Golden State Warriors indicated that LeBron James’ 11-year-old son has standing scholarship offers from both Kentucky and Duke.
LeBron James Jr., who already has his own highlight mixtapes online, will be a sixth-grader this fall. That puts him in the recruiting class of 2023.
UK Coach John Calipari has hosted LeBron James — the NBA star, not the kid — as a courtside guest at Rupp Arena and visited with him a couple of summers ago when James Jr. played in Lexington with his AAU team.
Calipari would surely love to have the four-time NBA most valuable player around his program on a regular basis, though he’d have to remain UK’s coach for another eight seasons to get a chance to coach James Jr.
LeBron said last year in an interview with a Detroit television station that he’s not a fan of colleges showing interest in his son at such a young age. “It’s pretty crazy,” he said. “It should be a violation, you shouldn’t be recruiting 10-year-old kids.”
The Cavs superstar, who was in the national spotlight as a high school player, did praise his son’s skill set in that same interview.
“It’s crazy, 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.”