Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame 2025 three-star shooting guard Bryce James (6-4, 180), the son of NBA superstar and Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, will take an unofficial visit to Ohio State this weekend for the Maryland football game, according to multiple reports.
James, who transferred to Notre Dame High School after spending his sophomore season at Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon alongside his younger brother, Bronny, is currently tabbed as the 129th best prospect, 20th-best shooting guard in the class and No. 13 overall player in California. James holds just one scholarship offer from Duquesne, a mid-major Division-I program based in Pittsburgh that is a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference.
It is not clear if other schools have hosted or offered James, but 247Sports listed USC as a potential team of interest. The Trojans are familiar with the James family, having signed Bronny, a former five-star and No. 22 overall prospect, to their 2023 class in May.
This is not the first time head coach Chris Holtmann and his men’s basketball program have hosted a member of the James family for an Ohio State football game. The program held an unofficial visit for Bronny James the weekend of Ohio State’s Week 1 matchup with Notre Dame last season. Accompanied by LeBron and his mother, Savannah, the elder James son spent time with Holtmann, watched the team practice, participated in a photoshoot with his parents and took in pregame warmups from the sideline. The visit enticed Bronny to place Ohio State in his top three, alongside USC and Oregon.
After experiencing a significant growth spurt over the past several years, Bryce James has begun to turn heads this summer, with many scouts clamoring over his unique size and athleticism.
“James has started to come into his own as a player over the last six months, we’ve been able to see what he can become,” an On3 scouting report said. “More of a wing than his older brother Bronny, Bryce has a smooth shooting stroke and nice length. He is getting comfortable playing off two dribbles and he moves fluidly for a wing. Still developing, still getting stronger, continue taking 3-month snap shots as he comes into his own.”
James last competed for the AAU team Strive For Greatness in the 2023 Nike Peach Jam held this July, where it was reported that scouts from several NBA teams, including the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat and New York Knicks, among others, “made James a priority” during the slate of games.