Bronny James Gets His First Start of NCAA Career, but USC Struggles Persist

Published 12/17/2023, 2:03 PM EST

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After making an effective NCAA debut against the Long Beach State 49ers, Bronny James is expected to be seen in action on Sunday. Suffering a disappointing loss to Long Beach in overtime, Enfield decided to make some adjustments to the team. One of the noteworthy changes was the inclusion of Bronny James into the starting line-up. The eldest son of the Lakers star LeBron James was seen warming up alongside his teammates. Bronny had a decent outing for USC as he contributed with 4 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists.

However, unlike the last game, he will be starting for the Trojans and will not come off the bench. Head coach Andy Enfield made a bold decision and trusted the 6 ft 4 shooting guard to step up in front of a hostile crowd. USC took a trip to the Neville Arena to take on the Auburn Tigers in their next encounter.

Bronny James fails to make an impact


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Very much like their previous outing, USC struggled against a dominant Auburn side who were coming out of their 87-62 victory over UNC Asheville in Huntsville on Wednesday. Moreover, they had conquered 7 out of their last 8 opponents in the competition. Bronny looked confident at the start as he was having a brisk movement with the ball. In addition to this, he made quality passes and had control over his dribbling. Although, he managed to contribute only 2 points in the opening half of the match.


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USC’s boss Andy Enfield decided not to bench Bronny as he sprinted towards the court in the second half. However, he was unable to execute his skills properly and could only add 3 more points to the final score.

As a result, he couldn’t make any difference as USC faltered for the third consecutive time in a 91-75 loss to the Tigers.


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USC fall against Auburn

The Trojans’ poor show continues as they suffer their fifth loss of the season. It was a complete struggle for USC from start to finish as they couldn’t figure out a way past the Auburn Tigers. Apart from their No.5 Boogie Ellis, no other player showed any signs of resistance. Seemingly, the Tigers them left embarrassed in front of a sold-out Auburn Arena. Consequently, with this loss, they now find themselves in a rather undesirable position in the points table.

Despite Boogie Ellis’s heroics, the USC Trojans faced yet another humiliation in their campaign. Furthermore, their latest debutant Bronny James looked out of sorts in his second game which further raises some questions about his selection. We will have to wait and see if they can bounce back from this situation in their upcoming games.


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