Days After LeBron James Gives Team USA Commitment With Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, Son Bryce Follows Suit

Published 09/27/2023, 1:15 PM EDT

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Following their disappointment at the 2023 FIBA World Cup, Team US has received kingsize support. Some seasoned professionals have embarked on a mission of redemption. Leading the pack is the all-time NBA scorer himself. LeBron James is recruiting Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and others for the 2024 Olympics. If things line up as expected, the USA can reclaim its rightful throne. 

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The Olympics are set to commence on July 26, 2024. In the interim, Team USA is assembling its junior squad. While the senior team is six months in time for their ultimate test, the junior team might embark on a significant journey during the timeframe, and assisting them in the process will be LeBron’s little one.

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While LeBron James assumes leadership of the senior team, Bryce James is embarking on a journey of his own. He’s set to make a valuable contribution to the junior USA squad as he’s on his way to attend the nation’s Junior MiniCamp.

Bryce made a name for himself at the Sierra Canyon School in the Chatsworth neighborhood of Los Angeles. However, he has taken his exceptional 3-point shooting to Notre Dame High School, where he continues to refine his skills.

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But he isn’t the sole son of a gold medalist entering the camp. Kiyan Anthony, the son of Carmelo Anthony, is also poised to participate in the minicamp. Anthony, 6-foot-4, is a highly-regarded 4-star prospect for the 2025 class. He has steadily climbed the ranks, currently holding the 62nd spot in the overall rankings. He is an active player at Long Island Lutheran High School in New York.

In total, an impressive roster of 85 athletes will be there. The minicamp will begin on October 6 until October 8 at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Here is everything you need to know about them. 

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More about the USA’s Junior Minicamp

The athletes hail from the high school graduating classes of 2024, 2025, 2026, and 2027. They are said to be on top of their game. Amongst them, 56 players boast prior USA Basketball experience, having either competed or attended training camps. Meanwhile, 29 players are gearing up for their maiden voyage in the national program. Notably, several athletes have also earned medals in the U16 and U19 categories with the national team.

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In addition to on-court drills and scrimmages, the youngsters will partake in a series of educational programs. USA Basketball, the NCAA, and the NBA Player Development Program will present them. These programs will focus on vital eligibility aspects and other essential life skills. Furthermore, the camp will feature 16 distinguished coaches and some of the nation’s elite recruiters. Collectively, the featured coaches have an impressive tally of more than 25 gold medals since 2009.

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Saahil Dhillan

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Saahil Dhillan is an NBA Writer at Essentially Sports. He has been writing articles and blogs for 5 years now, including those for a sports brand that manufactures knee braces, for a Red Bull athlete in 2019 and for a documentary of an Ultra Running Coach in 2021. There’s plenty Saahil can write about why he likes basketball, having followed the NBA for more than 10 years, but he is most keen on picking out various offense/defense strategies, on/off-court decisions, roster changes in crunch time and other underrated key elements that leave an impact on the scoreboard.
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