LeBron James’ son, LeBron James Jr., is already showing flashes of his father on the basketball court. His early polished skill-set has caught the attention of many, including a few colleges who have already begun recruiting him.
While getting recruited by a college this early would be viewed as a positive for most families, the NBA superstar doesn’t approve, because he feels it is too early to start the process.
“Yeah, he’s already got some offers from colleges. It’s pretty crazy. It should be a violation. You shouldn’t be recruiting 10-year-old kids,” James told told CBS Detroit earlier this week.
Being LeBron James’ son, recruiters and colleges are hoping that the 10-year-old will possess the dominating prowess on the court in the future, just like his dad.
Despite LeBron’s protest, it’s not against NCAA rules to recruit a potential player this young.
Per the NCAA handbook: “A prospective student-athlete is a student who has started classes for the ninth grade. In addition, a student who has not started classes for the ninth grade becomes a prospective student-athlete if the institution provides such an individual (or the individual’s relatives or friends) any financial assistance or other benefits that the institution does not provide to prospective students generally.”
Furthermore, college coaches are not prevented from monitoring young players like LeBron James Jr.
From the NCAA handbook: “In men’s basketball, a coaching staff member may observe an individual who has not entered the seventh grade participating in an athletically related activity, provided such observation occurs during a period when it is permissible to evaluate prospective student-athletes.”