Bronny James Showed Out At The Powerade JamFest Dunk Contest, Highlighted By A NASTY Reverse Windmill
Despite being listed at only 6'3", Bronny James is getting his head right at rim level. Maybe there's actual merit to the recent buzz that he could be a lottery pick in the 2024 NBA Draft beyond just being LeBron James' son. Look, that obviously has something to do with it. If you don't think so you're lying to yourself. Just saying that Bronny is a hell of an athlete in his own right.
Duke commit Sean Stewart won the dunk contest with a couple impressive slams of his own. Bronny finished in second because he couldn't convert his final throwdown after multiple failed attempts.
Those two highlights from Stewart are pretty similar to what Bronny did, including leaping over someone. Bryce James stood in Bronny's way before he elevated over him for a sick jam.
Yeah, duh, Bronny has athletic genes and all the resources available to him to maximize his potential as a basketball player, but damn is there a lot of pressure on him. Making the NBA is so outrageously difficult and it's far from a guarantee that you'll pan out once you get there. At least for now, Bronny is on a promising, ascending trajectory. The 2023 ESPN 100 has Bronny as the 28th overall prospect in the country, while 247Sports has him 35th and the eighth-best combo guard.
With Ohio State, USC and Oregon narrowed down as Bronny's final three schools to choose from, the buzz about his recruitment is only going to grow. Although he's from Ohio, it'd make a lot of sense for Bronny to stay close to home and choose the Trojans. We shall see.
Next up is Tuesday's McDonald's All-American Boys Game, which tips off at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. That should be appointment viewing if you want to see Bronny in action and haven't before.
ALSO (makes me feel old): Andrej Stojakovic, son of three-time Sacramento Kings All-Star Peja, will be one of Bronny's teammates on the West squad Tuesday night. Andrej committed to Stanford over UCLA, Oregon and Texas because of superior academics. Will be fascinating to see what he can do to help revive a Cardinal program with only one NCAA Tournament appearance since 2009.