The youngest son of NBA legend and Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James is on the move, reportedly changing schools in a significant shake-up ahead of his junior year. Bryce Maximus James is leaving Sierra Canyon High School for Campbell Hall, a source close to the decision told ESPN’s Myron Medcalf on Thursday.
Bronny has garnered most of the recent attention among the James children, serving as ESPN’s No. 19 prospect and expected to be a top 10 draft pick in 2024. But Bryce’s size and potential have made him a sought-after player and well-liked option on the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League circuit.
Although the brothers played alongside one another during Bryce’s sophomore season, the emerging 6-foot-6 prospect will not follow Bronny’s path at Sierra Canyon. Instead, he will attend Campbell Hall, still based in the Los Angeles area, but in Studio City. According to ESPN’s source, the James family donated to create a new multimillion-dollar athletic facility on the school’s campus.
The Los Angeles Daily News first reported the news of Bryce’s potential transfer in late April after Campbell Hall hired David Grace, former UCLA assistant coach and Vanderbilt associate head coach, to take over its basketball program.
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Grace is expected to coach LeBron James' youngest son – Bryce James (2025) – who is already enrolled at Campbell Hall for the fall.
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“With David’s experience at high major college programs and his skill development success with middle and high school players, we are confident that David will build upon our culture and lead our program both on and off the court,” Campbell Hall director of athletics Kris King said, USA Today reported.
There has been speculation that Bryce’s lack of playing time during his sophomore season at Sierra Canyon played a role in this decision. However, while Bryce has made this reported departure from Sierra Canyon, it doesn’t come as a surprise; Campbell Hall has been known recently for its elite basketball prestige as a powerhouse for high schoolers and a development center for the sons of former NBA stars.
Famous alums include NBA’s Holiday brothers, Atlanta Hawks’ Aaron Holiday, Milwaukee Bucks’ Jrue Holiday and Dallas Mavericks’ Justin Holiday.
The 15-year-old — 16 in June — will play this upcoming season among the Vikings’ roster of other notable sons, including Richard Hamilton II, son of the former NBA star and basketball analyst for CBS Sports HQ Richard Hamilton, and Baron Bellamy, the son of comedian Bill Bellamy.
Newly minted head coach David Grace has coached on both the high school and collegiate level, serving as an assistant at Oregon State (2008—2013), UCLA (2013—2018), California (2018—2019) and Vanderbilt (2019—2021) before his most recent stint as the head coach of Centennial High School in Arizona last season.
Grace told ESPN’s Myron Medcalf he’s excited about helping Bryce reach his ceiling as a basketball player, especially in the spotlight.
“I want Bryce, if I get to coach him, to be Bryce,” Grace said. “He’s going to have way more than just me helping, but I’m going to try to do my part. I understand where he’s coming from to a point. I’m not him. My family wasn’t in that spotlight, but I’ve been around the spotlight, and I can share my experiences, or I can just understand his experiences. That’s where I’ll grow as a coach.”
Grace has been on the job for two weeks yet has received nearly 60 calls from coaches nationwide who want to schedule Campbell Hall next season. That said, he emphasized to Medcalf that his priority is to create a schedule that challenges his players while pushing for their growth.
“We’ll try to put the puzzle together and make sure we play a great schedule,” he said.
Things will start to ramp up during Bryce’s upcoming junior year. With how things are going, his ceiling could be higher than Bronny’s.