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Why Is At Least One College Basketball Team Already Keeping A Close Eye On LeBron James’ 9-Year-Old Son?

Submitted by on October 4, 2014 – 11:12 amOne Comment

LeBron James is obviously a really, really, really great basketball player. He’s arguably the best player on the entire planet right now and, this summer, he had a handful of NBA teams trying to call his representatives to set up meetings with the free agent. He ultimately decided to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers after spending the last four years with the Miami Heat. But he only signed a two-year deal with the Cavs. So in the summer of 2016, there’s a good chance that NBA teams will try to recruit LeBron again—even though he’s probably going to end up signing another deal with Cleveland.

LeBron isn’t the only person in his family that’s going to be recruited in the coming years, though. Even though he’s only 9 years old right now, his son LeBron James Jr. is also starting to get some interest from college basketball teams. He’s not even in middle school yet and he still has close to a decade before he can play college ball, but Ohio State head coach Thad Matta recently revealed that LBJ Jr. is going to be on his radar in the near future when it comes to recruiting. We don’t really know exactly what he means by that—like, will he be sending the kid letters every week, or will he just keep an eye on what he does on the court?—but one thing is clear: LeBron James Jr. is going to be recruited early and often over the next few years.

Doesn’t that feel wrong? It kind of does. After all, the kid is only 9 and should be able to enjoy his childhood before he starts thinking about playing basketball in college. But college coaches have proven that they’re not above recruiting kids in the past, regardless of whether or not those kids happen to be related to world-famous basketball superstars. So LeBron James Jr. is going to get that same treatment and will likely start to hear from many, many colleges very soon. Right or wrong, it’s just the way that things are done these days.

Do you think it’s weird for college basketball teams to be recruiting a 9-year-old player? Let us know.

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