“You’re Not Allowed to Talk To The Kid” | Anonymous College Coaches Show Growing Frustrating Trying To Recruit Bronny James

Bronny James was recently named to the McDonald’s High School All-American team and is the 28th ranked player in the nation by ESPN. He is also the son of NBA superstar LeBron James, in case you didn’t know. That is why an anonymous college coach did a recent interview to voice his frustrations in the recruitment of Bronny.

Lebron has always kept a tight circle, and one could only imagine that circle gets even tighter when it comes to his family. He and Bronny recently took a college visit last September to Ohio State.

LeBron recently had a profound statement about Bronny’s recruiting process. “I think Bronny can go to any college he wants to,” LeBron told a The Oregonian sportswriter after the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Portland Trail Blazers 121-112 in Portland on Jan. 22. “All I have to do is pick up the phone. If Bronny says he wants to go there, he’s good enough.”

What Did ACC Coach Say About Recruiting Bronny James? 

The coach remained anonymous and the only thing that was given about his identity is that he is from an ACC school.

“I tried to get involved, but you had to jump through a thousand hoops just to get to the mom,” an ACC coach told On3.com. “You’re not allowed to talk to the kid. You have to schedule a time on Tuesday or Thursday with the publicist just to talk to the mom.”

The four-star point guard has been very secretive about his recruitment process, but there’s no denying his star power. He is said to already have an NIL valuation of $7.5 million. He has deals with Beats By Dre and was part of the high school players to sign with Nike, and PSD underwear to rank No. 1 on the NIL list for the class of 2023.

LeBron has always expressed love for Ohio State as an Ohio native. He also had love for Duke, but Coach K is no longer there. Coach Calipari at Kentucky will always be in the loop for big-name stars, even though they have three of the top five recruits already committed to Kentucky.

Bronny’s Top Schools

Bronny doesn’t say much more than his dad about his recruitment process, but he has stated his top three schools. Those schools include USC, Oregon, and Ohio State. According to 247 sports, Memphis, Duke, and Kansas are also in the running for the 6-foot-3 point guard.

His limited college visits and coaches not being able to typically recruit him like other players makes it hard to gauge which other schools are in the running. The typical recruiting process starts with coaches reaching out to the player’s high school coach first. Then the high school coach makes the introduction, and the process starts from there. Parents are usually the last ones to officially get involved in the process.

“Looking back on it, we probably should have tried to get involved,” said one SEC coach this past summer to On3.com. “To be honest, I didn’t know how realistic the recruitment would be.”

Also, it should be noted that Bronny is the only McDonald’s All-American undecided on his future.

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