LeBron James has said in the past he’s not a fan of colleges trying to recruit his sons, considering they aren’t even teenagers yet. But that hasn’t stopped top-tier schools from reaching out and even offering full rides to his kids seven years early
In a lengthy profile piece from ESPN’s Dave McMenamin and Brian Windhorst, the authors snuck in some surprising news about LeBron’s oldest son while reflecting on James’ late-game block on Andre Iguodala in Game 7.
He raised both arms, just as he did when he pinned Iguodala's would-be layup against the glass with his right arm, and his 11-year-old son LeBron Jr. did the same (making it no wonder why he already has standing scholarship offers from both Duke and Kentucky, according to a source).
One can argue Kentucky’s John Calipari and Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski are the two best recruiters in the game, as both programs have achieved a significant amount of success over the last decade. And while reaching out to an 11-year-old might not seem like the best use of recruiting time, apparently it’s necessary if both schools have already done so.
In Europe, professional fútbol teams start recruiting children once they see the sonograms. So a pitch to an 11-year-old would be considered “late” overseas. But this is unheard of in the United States, where athletes almost have to go to college to make it to the next level.
But after witnessing LeBron’s takeover in the last three games of the NBA Finals, it’s probably safe to think his offspring will have some skills. The video suggests that assumption is correct.