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Bronny James College Odds: Ohio State Jumps To Favorite

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Bronny James College Odds: Ohio State Jumps To Favorite

Prior to his senior year of high school ball, Bronny James was projected to be a second-round pick in the 2024 NBA Draft. Now he's ranked No. 34 in 247Sports' ranking of all prep basketball players, and he's a four-star recruit. One site has even pushed him into five-star territory after dad LeBron James declared on Twitter that Bronny was better than a lot of NBA players right now.

What's more, a recent ESPN mock draft for the 2024 NBA class pegged Bronny at No. 10 overall. His stock is rising. Fast.

In early 2022, LeBron James announced that his final year as a pro would be alongside Bronny as a teammate. “My last year will be played with my son,” James told The Athletic. “Wherever Bronny is at, that's where I’ll be. I would do whatever it takes to play with my son for one year. It's not about the money at that point.”

Before this NBA season, LeBron agreed to terms on a two-year, $97.1 million contract extension with the Lakers that includes a player option for 2024-25. So LeBron could choose where he'll play when Bronny becomes draft eligible. Suddenly, a 2-for-1 draft pick that includes one of the greatest players of all time might be in play.

Bronny James College Odds

Whether or not Bronny is a legit five-star talent (top recruiting sites such as 247Sports and Rivals haven't gone that far), he is a talented player, one that could help teams win games – or help programs gain considerable relevancy for at least one winter.

Bookies.com oddsmaker Adam Thompson has updated his college basketball futures odds as to where Bronny spends his 2023-24 basketball season:

TeamOddsImplied Probability
Ohio State+12544.4%
The Field+75011.8%

These are projected odds by Bookies.com for entertainment purposes only and they are not currently available at legal betting sites or betting apps.

Bronny, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard, is ranked as the No. 34 player in the country and No. 8 SG, according to 247Sports. He is the only player expected to participate in the McDonald's All-American Game on March 28 that hasn't already made his college selection official.

Big-time programs have offered Bronny a scholarship, including USC, Kentucky and Duke. Oregon is expected to be a major contender, though the Ducks haven't offered a scholarship yet.

Our odds give Ohio State a slight edge. It's the flagship program in LeBron’s home state; he’s mentioned that if he went to college for one year it would have been there. It's also the only program Bronny has officially visited.

Bronny's brother, Bryce James, recently posted an Instagram story with Bronny decked out in OSU gear, adding to the speculation.

Of course, USC and Oregon have good reason to believe Bronny ends up on their roster. The James family has raked in an estimated $600 million from LeBron's lifetime contract with Nike; Oregon is Nike's flagship program. Bronny already has an NIL deal with Nike, plus L.A.-based Beats by Dre.

From a roster standpoint, USC has three four-star players on the roster at the shooting guard position, while it's a position of need right now for the Ducks.

Then again, Bronny plays his high school ball just a few miles up the road from the USC campus. UCLA isn’t far away either, but USC seems to have the inside track among those two programs.

The Field has some of basketball’s most powerful programs and could be in play if the James crew decide to throw the hoops world a curveball. LeBron James and UK coach John Calipari have a years-long friendship that could aid in Bronny coming to Lexington. Duke was among the first schools to show interest, when Bronny was in middle school. UCLA, North Carolina, Kansas and Michigan are included in that fold. The G League or a season overseas also fit as long shots, though it appears those options have been put on the backburner.


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Bronny James NBA Draft Odds

What about after college? LeBron is 38 now and will be in his age 40 season when Bronny enters the NBA. Even in his advanced-for-NBA age, James is consistently averaging around 29 points, 8 rebounds, and 6.5 assists per game. Those numbers may not be as high when Bronny enters the NBA, but most teams would do whatever it takes to add someone of LeBron's caliber – especially if money isn’t a sticking point.

Bronny is a senior in high school, but the guard is still growing and developing. Earlier this winter, he was projected to be an early second-round pick, but if a team is promised LeBron for one year, Bronny could go much sooner, even in the top 15. The temptation to have LeBron would be too great for some teams to pass up. That especially goes for teams that have made it known they really want him in the mix.

“Bronny James is now a projected top-10 pick thanks to the significant jump he’s made at Sierra Canyon, developing into arguably the best perimeter defender in his class while making strides with his shooting and playmaking,” Jonathan Givony wrote in a recent ESPN mock draft.

With all that in mind, Bookies.com oddsmaker Adam Thompson has revealed his projected NBA odds on which team will draft Bronny James in 2024, and possibly secure LBJ in the process.

Oklahoma City Thunder+700
Houston Rockets+850
New York Knicks+900
Los Angeles Lakers+1000
Los Angeles Clippers+1000
Washington Wizards+1500
Cleveland Cavaliers+1750
Brooklyn Nets+2000
The Field-110

These are projected odds by Bookies.com for entertainment purposes only and they are not currently available at legal betting sites.

LeBron Stays In L.A. Or Returns To Cleveland?

The Clippers badly wanted LeBron in his last free agency run and the move would make sense for the James’ family, who live and work in L.A. The Lakers will certainly try and keep LeBron in the fold, as well. Neither team currently has a first-round pick in the 2024 NBA Draft, but both will likely try to move up if it means keeping LeBron (in the Lakers' case) or finally acquiring LeBron (for the Clippers).

The Cavaliers would also be a nice career capper for LeBron, to return home for one year and play with his son in Ohio.

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Thunder, Rockets or Knicks Draft Bronny, Add LeBron?

The other three mentioned teams haven’t been in the NBA betting mix for a title for a while. Adding Bronny and LeBron could change that.

The Rockets appear on a trajectory to get the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NBA Draft. The lottery winner will likely take French star Victor Wembanyama and become a team on the rise. They are in better shape than most teams when it comes to projected salary cap space (they're currently No. 1 in available cap space for the 2024-25 season).

The Knicks are a destination for a lot of players, and one that LeBron has considered. Perhaps no team has shown the desperation to become relevent again like the Knicks; a trade-up to secure Bronny and his old man is certainly in line with that desperation.

The Thunder top the list. Not only are they on the right high-pick trajectory with a strong need for a marketing and relevancy push, they also own four first-round draft picks in the 2024 NBA Draft. More than any other team, OKC is best positioned to take Bronny at the appropriate time – whenever that is.

About the Author

Adam Thompson for Bookies.com
Adam Thompson
NFL writer and expert Adam Thompson joined Bookies.com in 2019 after a successful run as senior handicapper for SportsLine and CBSSports.com. He's long been estabilshed as one of the nation's premier NFL and MLB handicappers, and his horse racing and PGA picks have produced major winners over the last 12 months.
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