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Report: LeBron James’ 11-year-old son has UK scholarship offer

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, center, sits down to answer questions alongside his family during a post-game press conference after Game 7 of the NBA Finals on Sunday.
Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, center, sits down to answer questions alongside his family during a post-game press conference after Game 7 of the NBA Finals on Sunday. AP

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.”

Ben Roberts: 859-231-3216, @NextCats

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