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Is Bronny James Going to Duquesne?

Fans Speculate This Might Be the Case After Duquesne Coach Dru Joyce Posted an Interesting Tweet


Could Bronny James go from Los Angeles to Pittsburgh? College basketball news outlets are speculating on the possibility after a recent social media post hinted at it.

LeBron James’ son has had a pretty eventful nine months. He committed to play at USC for the 2023-24 season and experienced cardiac rest during an on-campus workout in July. After life-saving efforts, he recovered from the incident and started playing five months later.

Is Bronny James Going to Duquesne?
Bronny James #6 of the USC Trojans-David Becker/Getty Images/AFP

However, he plans on a change of scenery. James elected to enter the transfer portal earlier in April, and he’s keeping the option of declaring for the 2024 NBA Draft open.

Bronny James’ stats last season were disappointing, to say the least. He averaged just 4.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 2.1 assists in 19.4 minutes over 25 games (six starts). James shot 36.6% from the field and 26.7% from 3-point range. His health could have played a factor but he clearly didn’t live up to the hype.

With James ready to move on, Duquesne head coach Dru Joyce possibly hinted at his next destination.


Could Bronny James Transfer to Duquesne?

Nothing is official, but Joyce got people excited with a post on X. Joyce, who was recently promoted from assistant coach to head coach, posted a GIF of himself recreating the iconic LeBron James powder throw in the air. This is a ritual the Lakers star does before the start of every game.

While the post on X doesn’t mention anything specific about Bronny, why else would Joyce add that GIF while tagging Duquesne basketball?


Should Bronny James Transfer to Duquesne?

Casual NCAA basketball fans may not understand why James would consider transferring from a high-profile school like USC to a small program like Duquesne, in Pittsburgh. But it’s not hard to see why the son of one of the biggest NBA stars in the world would choose to play there.

Business is business, and networking is a major part of it. The same applies to NCAA basketball, and Joyce has a connection to the James family. He was teammates with LeBron James at St. Vincent–St. Mary under Keith Dambrot, the former Duquesne head coach who retired this spring.

“Even since I was 12 and 13 years old, [Dambrot] has been building me for an opportunity to be a head coach,” Joyce told Spencer Thomas from The Duquesne Duke. “He’s always understood that it was a dream of mine to do it, so I think he took full advantage of knowing what I wanted to do.”

Joyce and James are still close friends, and the four-time NBA champion was rooting for Duquesne during their Atlantic 10 Tournament run and NCAA Tournament games. Adding a high-profile name like Bronny would be massive ahead of Joyce’s first season in charge at Duquesne.

The move would benefit both parties. James had a bench role with USC basketball last year and his lack of production clearly hurt his NBA Draft stock. Duquesne would give him more playing time and a larger role, and he would have a full summer to work out and get ready for the season.

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