Duquesne Becomes First D-1 Offer for Bryce James, Son of LeBron James
Late Sunday night, the Duquesne basketball staff became the first division one staff to extend a scholarship offer to Bryce James, the son of 18-time NBA All-Star LeBron James.
James, the younger of LeBron’s two sons, is only 15 years old and is heading into his sophomore year at Sierra Canyon (CA). The 6-foot-5 guard/wing prospect has showcased his game all summer on the Nike team Strive For Greatness, LeBron’s AAU program. Duquesne is his first reported offer.
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“He’s one of the top players to watch in the 2025 Recruiting Class,” NBA Draft Room said of the younger James. “A very skilled outside shooter with a soft touch and near perfect form, Bryce is a big wing with a high skill level and a quickly improving game. Has a strong frame and should continue to add a few more inches to his height over the next few years.”
The offer comes months after Duquesne announced that it had promoted Dru Joyce III to associate head coach. Joyce, 37, played point guard for Saint Vincent Saint Mary (OH) back from 1999-2001, playing alongside LeBron under the team’s head coach Keith Dambrot. Years later, Joyce played his college ball at Akron, and was once again playing under Dambrot. The two now collaborate on the Dukes’ staff, bringing their Akron ties to the recruiting world in an attempt to lure James to the Bluff.
“I’m so proud of the journey and growth my brother continues to ascend towards in his coaching career,” LeBron said after Joyce was hired by Duquesne. “His knowledge of the game and work ethic will be immediately impactful to the Duquesne program!”
James’ older brother LeBron Jr., AKA “Bronny,” is an 18-year-old rising senior prospect who is being recruited by Memphis, USC, Oregon, and Ohio State, among others. The 6-foot-2 guard is a four-star prospect according to 247 Sports, while the younger Bryce is yet to be ranked.
Bronny has been pictured in Duquesne gear before but has never claimed an offer from the program.