Ohio State has capitalized on its close relationship with NBA superstar LeBron James over the years and now has a new shoe display that should come in handy during recruiting.
The Buckeyes put out a tweet late this week with the display, calling themselves “THE LeBron school.” While this is something small, recruits like that the Buckeyes are tied into the best player in the world and it’s cool to them that Ohio State gets some exclusive gear.
Duke commit and Franklin High School senior Luke Kennard achieved something special on Friday night as the guard passed LeBron James on the Ohio High School Athletic Association career scoring list. With 44 points against Brookville, Kennard moved into fourth place on the list with 2,652 career points.
Kennard trailed James by 38 points for the No. 4 spot entering the game and buried a 3-pointer with 1:03 left in the third quarter to pass the perennial NBA All-Star and two-time NBA champion.
James is already familiar with Kennard, as the future Blue Devil played for the King James Shooting Stars in the Nike EYBL this past spring and summer.
A quartet of four-star recruits have given their verbal commitments to The Ohio State University for next fall. While that’s a talented incoming class for Thad Matta, he may be looking down the road at another prized recruit. Way down the road.
Thursday was Ohio State’s media day, as the Buckeyes prepare for the post-Aaron Craft era. Matta can’t comment on his current commits that didn’t stop him from talking about recruiting.
LeBron James Jr. doesn’t turn 10 until next week, though, there are plenty of his highlights up on YouTube, most recently from his team’s trip to Lexington, Kentucky for the AAU Nationals this past summer. Given his return to Cleveland, it’s obvious LeBron still loves his home state, even if he never did attend OSU. However, LeBron showed up to Columbus a few weeks back to speak with the Buckeyes football team before their home opener.
Whether he’s serious or not, Matta better be careful when discussing potential recruits, no matter how young. Just last month, UConn head coach Geno Auriemma was hit with a secondary recruiting violation for calling Mo’ne Davis after her dazzling performance in the Little League World Series. Auriemma was reported by an unnamed school.
Based off the YouTube videos — and the fact that his father is the best player in the NBA — I’m sure LeBron James Jr. will have his share of options by his senior year of high school, which will be the 2021-2022 season.