Bryce James, son of Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, has the opportunity to play college basketball in his father’s home state.
The 16-year-old wrote in a social media post on X (formerly Twitter): wrote that he was “blessed” to have received an offer to play for Ohio State University in NCAA Division I men’s basketball.
The NBA star’s youngest son wrote “#GoBuckeyes” alongside the post, a reference to the nickname of the team that last reached the Final Four in 2012.
The announcement comes after Bryce – a 6-foot-6-inch small forward from Notre Dame High School – made an unofficial visit to Ohio State’s Columbus campus during a college football game Saturday during the school’s victory over Maryland witnessed. ESPN reported.
Bryce, a four-star recruit in ESPN’s 2025 classwho was decommitted from the university along with Dezhon Hall, a 6-foot-3-inch point guard and four-star recruit in the class of 2026. Hall shared clips of the two posed for photos while everyone rocked the Buckeyes uniforms.
The Ohio State news comes after Bryce received an offer from Duquesne University last year.
The Duquesne Dukes have numerous ties to LeBron, including their head coach. Keith Dambrot, who coached LeBron in high school, CBS News noted.
Dukes associate head coach Dru Joyce III was also LeBron’s teammate when the two played for St. Vincent-St. played. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio.
According to ESPN, Bryce attended Ohio State a year after his brother Bronny James made a stop at the university.
Bronny, who eventually signed with the University of Southern California, suffered a cardiac arrest caused by a congenital heart defect during a practice in July.
His father told reporters last week that his son is doing “extremely well” as he recovers from the health episode.
“He has begun his rehab process to get back on the floor with his teammates and USC this season,” said James, who also noted his son’s “successful surgery” following cardiac arrest.
“He is on the rise. Definitely a whirlwind and a lot of emotions for our family this summer. But the best thing we have is each other. And we supported each other and gave Bronny strength throughout the entire process.”