Bill Oram: Are the Oregon Ducks a real option for Bronny James? LeBron says yes

Bronny James might very properly need to play basketball at Oregon subsequent season.

Except for this: Ducks coach Dana Altman has not truly supplied the nation’s Thirty third-ranked recruit a scholarship.

Some would possibly see that as a little bit of an impediment.

Not Bronny’s dad.

LeBron James stated Sunday that “there’s a probability” his oldest son will play at Oregon subsequent season and that he mentioned the chance with Altman final summer season throughout an encounter on the Nike campus.

“Dana is aware of,” James stated. “He is aware of the curiosity. And it is mutual.”

James confirmed Altman hasn’t supplied Bronny a scholarship, however dismissed the notion that it might imply the curiosity is definitely a little extra one-sided than LeBron had urged.

“I feel Bronny can go to any faculty he needs to,” LeBron stated.

He spoke to The Oregonian/OregonReside on his method out of Portland’s Moda Center after scoring 37 factors in a Lakers win over the Trail Blazers.

“All I’ve to do is choose up the telephone,” he continued. “If Bronny says he needs to go there, he is ok.”

Last week, ESPN draft analyst Jonathan Givony known as Bronny, a 6-foot-2 level guard, “one in all the finest two-way gamers in highschool basketball and a surefire future NBA participant.”

He could also be the nation’s most intently watched recruit and has been linked to Oregon by varied experiences for months.

According to a report from the Los Angeles Times final week, Oregon is amongst Bronny’s high three colleges, together with Ohio State and USC.

LeBron was raised in Ohio and is a large fan of the Buckeyes. LeBron performs his house video games simply a couple of miles from USC’s campus.

Is it actually potential that as a substitute of a kind of choices Bronny might as a substitute swimsuit up at Matthew Knight Arena subsequent season?

“He’s going to make his personal resolution,” James stated. “But there’s a probability.”

James stated that Bronny has not essentially restricted his choices to these three colleges however that they’re in a “high 5 – 6.”

“Oregon, for some odd motive, has at all times been one in all his high 5 – 6 which have been on his radar,” James stated.

UO and James share an apparent reference to Phil Knight and Nike. It could be silly to disregard that as a issue, however James on Sunday put the focus as a substitute on what Altman has inbuilt Eugene and what it might do for Bronny’s profession.

“I feel it is the capacity to place execs into the league,” James stated. “My son needs to be a professional. It’s the method you maintain guys accountable, the method they play. I suppose he is seen the method they play. Dana Altman from the exterior appears like a nice coach.

“He’s been profitable for fairly a whereas right here at Oregon, so Bronny’s sensible sufficient to see all that.”

Bronny can also be shut associates with Mookie Cook, the five-star Oregon signee who’s slated to painting a younger LeBron in an upcoming biopic. That’s yet one more hyperlink to the Ducks.

“Mookie goes there,” James stated, “they usually’ve been speaking.”

All of that is a great distance from the youthful James truly making his approach to Eugene.

The Ducks have already got one in all the nation’s high recruiting lessons with Cook, ahead Kwame Evans Jr. and West Linn level guard Jackson Shelstad. The Ducks are additionally prone to return a few of their incumbent guards, together with Keeshawn Barthelemy and Jermaine Couisnard.

Does that make Oregon the most evident touchdown spot for James? Especially if he needs to begin straight away? Not actually. But these are the sorts of questions that can come into sharper reduction in the months forward.

The Ducks are additionally in the midst of what’s shaping up as their worst season since Altman’s first yr on campus. After shedding at Stanford on Saturday, the Ducks (11-9, 5-4 Pac-12) are seemingly headed for their second consecutive NIT look.

James wouldn’t solely convey a dose of movie star and curiosity to the program, it will give them one other top-50 recruit who’s exploding as a prospect as Altman tries to get issues again on monitor.

Once seen as a mid-level prospect who would want time to develop, the tenor in the protection of the youthful James has grown more and more optimistic in the final month, since his Sierra Canyon staff misplaced to West Linn — and Shelstad — in the semifinals of the Les Schwab Invitational in Hillsboro.

“He’s simply in a good groove,” LeBron stated of Bronny. “He’s a nice child, he loves for the staff to get higher. But he has aspirations. Huge aspirations.”

One of them simply is likely to be to play for the Oregon Ducks.

— Bill Oram | boram@oregonian.com | Twitter: @billoram

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