LeBron James Jr. Gets Scholarship Offers Kentucky & Duke University

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He’s 11-years-old, and playing for the North Coast Blue Chips, and at the 2016 Buckeye Prep Invitational, he showed off moves that made his father proud.

He is LeBron James, Jr. and he has just received scholarship offers from both Kentucky and Duke University.

This couldn’t have come at a better time, right after LeBron James led the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first NBA title, 93-89, against the Golden State Warriors last Sunday in Game 7.

Epic Win for Cleveland

This was also the first major sports title that a Cleveland team has won in over 52 years, since 1964.

LeBron James received the MVP awards after having scored 27 points, 11 rebounds, and had 11 assists.

James, after the game, was seen shouting,

“Cleveland, this is for you!” through tears. This championship, according to James, was different from the rest, even though he had won two titles back when he joined Miami. “I’m home… This is what I came back for.”

Dan Gilbert, Cleveland Cavaliers owner, said in an interview with CNN, “The people of Cleveland deserve this more than any other people I’ve ever seen or met or felt. No group deserves this more. No fan base deserves this more. I’m speechless and proud of everybody.

Scholarship Offers

There is no doubt that following this epic win, other schools would also be making similar offers to LeBron Jr., and the fifth grader might have a difficult time choosing.

University of Kentucky’s Wildcats is one of the country’s most successful NCAA Division I basketball program, winning 8 NCAA championships.

But Duke University’s Blue Devils is no small-time winner. They won 5 championships, and are third behind the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Kentucky.

But what about the Ohio State University Buckeyes? LeBron James once said that he would have gone to play for them had he not gone straight from high school to the NBA league.

Back in 2014, Ohio head coach Thad Matta had said James’ son would be on his “recruiting radar”, when the boy was still turning 10-years-old. In an interview with Fox Sports Ohio, Matta had said, “He’ll be on the recruiting radar, yes. No question about it. I need to offer him a scholarship.

Now that the Cavaliers have won, Matta’s words might just become a reality.

 LeBron James, in an interview with CBS Detroit in February last year, said,
Yeah, he’s already got some offers from colleges; it’s pretty crazy. It should be a violation; you shouldn’t be recruiting 10-year-old kids. He continued, “It’s crazy, he plays just like I did. He has great awareness and he’d rather pass first and set guys up. Most kids nowadays just want to score.”

Although proud that his son was getting a lot of attention from universities, James obviously thinks it’s too early. Back in December 2015, in an interview with Cleveland.com, James was asked why he didn’t coach his sons, LeBron Jr. and Bryce, in basketball.

“I let their coaches coach them,” James said. “I told my son (LeBron Jr.) when he’s ready for the blueprint, I’ll give it to him. But right now all I care about is him having fun. Have fun, play hard, and play for your team, and that’s all that matters right now. He’s at an age right now where he doesn’t need added pressure from his dad.”

It seems that the scholarships would have to wait till LeBron Sr. deems his son old enough for him to coach.

Rob Clark
 

SchoolCampus.org admin staff managing editor

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