Bronny James May 6, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; Bronny James in attendance as the Los Angeles Lakers play against the Golden State Warriors during the second half in game three of the 2023 NBA playoffs at Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Former USC star Bronny James officially declared for the 2024 NBA Draft while maintaining his eligibility, meaning that he now has the option to either start his professional career or return to college for his sophomore season. But on Monday, some significant news emerged that may suggest where Bronny may be leaning in terms of his eventual decision.

Most expect that Bronny will ultimately take the step to the next level to potentially play alongside his dad, LeBron James, who has been adamant about his desire to play with his son before his career is all said and done.

But simply put, there needs to be enough interest from NBA teams for it to be worth it for Bronny to ultimately enter the draft and forgo his college eligibility.

One way to increase interest from NBA teams is by performing well in the NBA Draft Combine. On Monday, the list of all 78 invited prospects to the combine was announced, a list that featured Bronny James.

This means a few things. First off, Bronny will need to attend the combine in order to be eligible to be drafted. So we could hear a definitive decision about potentially officially forgoing his college eligibility in the coming weeks, as the combine is set to take place later this month.

Secondly, NBA teams will be able to do some testing on Bronny’s health, which is important considering his cardiac arrest before the start of his freshman season at USC.

For Bronny, this opportunity marks a significant first step if he does truly want to embark on his professional career right away. And it will sure be interesting to see whether or not he decides to attend the combine.


About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.