James was born on October 6, 2004 to NBA All-Star player LeBron James, age 19, and his longtime girlfriend (now wife) Savannah Brinson. James was raised by both of his parents.
LeBron Raymone "Bronny" James Jr. (/ləˈbrɒn/; born October 6, 2004) is an American basketball player who attends Sierra Canyon School in Los Angeles. He is the eldest son of professional basketball player LeBron James.
James has a younger brother Bryce, born in 2007, and a younger sister Zhuri, born in 2014. His godfather is basketball player Chris Paul, who is a ten-time NBA All-Star.
When James was nine years old, Ohio State Buckeyes coach Thad Matta joked, "He'll be on the recruiting radar... I need to offer him a scholarship." In February 2015, it was revealed that James had already received basketball scholarship offers from colleges, although the specific names were not announced. His father commented, "It should be a violation, you shouldn't be recruiting 10-year-old kids." In June 2016, ESPN reported that he held offers to play college basketball for Kentucky and Duke. LeBron James suggested that Bronny would play for Duke in a November 2018 tweet. In October 2020, 247Sports.com reported that James was projected to commit to Duke.
James competed with various Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball teams before high school. At age nine, he played for the Miami City Ballers at a fourth grade AAU tournament while being observed by Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari. In June 2015, James led the Gulf Coast Blue Chips AAU team to a fourth grade championship at the League Dallas/Hype Sports Summer Jam.
As a child, James played several sports including basketball and soccer, but his father did not allow him to play American football or ice hockey over safety concerns. By 2014, James was featuring in basketball highlight reels that drew national attention. In February 2018, James guided Old Trail School in Bath Township, Summit County, Ohio, where he attended middle school, to an Independent School League tournament win.
In March 2018, he helped the North Coast Blue Chips capture a John Lucas All-Star Weekend title in Houston. On April 2, 2018, his Blue Chips finished undefeated and claimed the under-13 championship at the NY2LA Swish 'N Dish tournament in Wisconsin. In June, James represented the same team at the Jr. National Basketball Association (NBA) Midwest Championships against ninth grade opponents and advanced to the quarterfinals. In April 2019, despite being younger than most of the competition at age 14, he joined AAU team Strive for Greatness at the under-16 Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) in Indianapolis, where he faced a number of highly coveted recruits and drew praise from scouts.
On August 6, 2018, James enrolled at Crossroads School, a private K–12 school in Santa Monica, California. California state rules prevented him from immediately joining the varsity team because he was in eighth grade. On December 3, 2018, in his first game for the school, James scored 27 points in a 61–48 victory over Culver City Middle School.
On May 29, 2019, James transferred to Sierra Canyon School, a private K–12 school in Chatsworth, Los Angeles, for his freshman year of high school. He joined the school with his brother Bryce and incoming senior Zaire Wade, son of basketball player Dwyane Wade, a longtime teammate of James' father. In the following months, James was followed to Sierra Canyon by five-star recruits, BJ Boston and Ziaire Williams. Entering the season, the team was considered one of the best in high school basketball, with ESPN networks airing 15 of its games. On November 21, 2019, James made his high school debut, scoring 10 points off the bench in a blowout win over Montgomery High School. On December 14, James scored 15 points, including a go-ahead layup, and was named game most valuable player (MVP) in a victory over his father's alma mater, St. Vincent–St. Mary High School. On January 15, 2020, he scored a season-high 17 points in a win over Viewpoint School. As a freshman, James averaged 4.1 points in 15 minutes per game and was Sierra Canyon's only player to appear in all 34 games of the season.