Colleges Already Recruiting Lebron James Jr.

It should come as no surprise that ten-year old Lebron James, Jr. dominates on the court as a 4th grader since his father could be considered one of the top three players of all-time imageby the time he laces up his Hightops for his final game. What may be surprising to some is that the young Lebron is already receiving letters and even scholarship offers from Division 1 colleges.

The son of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ star forward dominates other kids whether they are older or not. Watching him on the court is like watching a young Lebron as evidenced in the following video. His court vision and ability to take it to the hole is reminiscent of King James.

Rather than be happy about his son’s good fortunes, Lebron believes recruiting ten-year olds should be a violation for college coaches.

“Yeah, he’s already got some offers from colleges,” James told CBS Detroit before the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ matchup against the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday. “It’s pretty crazy. It should be a violation. You shouldn’t be recruiting 10-year-old kids.”

Sorry, Lebron. Don’t look for college coaches to stop going after the next basketball sensation who can bring them a National Championship despite probably being a one and done college player.

My first recollection of a young basketball star being recruited at a young age was when Damon Bailey was an 8th grader living in Indiana in 1986. Basketball coaching legend, Bobby Knight, was the coach at Indiana University and watched two of Bailey’s games as an 8th grader.  After watching the game, Knight had this to say to his coaches about Bailey.

“Damon Bailey is better than any guard we have right now. I don’t mean potentially better, I mean better today.”

Strong words from a legendary coach. Bailey was destined to attend Indiana where he was Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 1991 and a Third-Team All-America selection. Based on how Knight described him as an 8th grader, you would think he would have enjoyed a long, successful NBA career. However, Bailey played a few years in the CBA and never appeared in an NBA game. Was being branded a basketball star before he reached high school too much pressure for Bailey to succeed at the Pro level?

Other players like Connecticut star Ryan Boatright committed to USC before he entered high school. Arizona supposedly offered Marquette’s Matt Carlino a scholarship while he was in elementary school.

If Lebron, Jr. continues to progress at his current rate, he should be a future NBA star. But, other factors could play into it like how tall he grows and if he suffers any injuries along the way. I like his chances based on being able to work on his game with his father and having the benefit of being around other NBA players while growing up.

And that’s…as I see it!

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