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Former NBA executive thinks Bronny James has a long way to go to be NBA-ready

Entering the 2023-24 NCAA hoops season, there was a ton of hype surrounding the USC men’s basketball team. The Trojans brought back Boogie Ellis added veteran DJ Rodman, No. 1 overall recruit Isaiah Collier, and four-star recruit Bronny James.

Not only have they not contended nationally; the Trojans are at the bottom of the Pac-12 standings with an 11-16 record.

Bronny James has possibly been the most disappointing player on the team. He has had a bad year in terms of improving his stock as an NBA prospect.

He has played in 18 games for the Trojans, averaging 5.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists while shooting just 36.5% from the field and 27.5% from 3-point range.

Per Brendan Marks of The Athletic, former NBA executive and current The Athletic columnist John Hollinger thinks Bronny James could have upside similar to that of Orlando Magic guard Gary Harris in the NBA.

However, limitations exist, too: “Take away that bloodline, and Bronny James is a multi-year college player, one who needs to continue honing his skills. Reminder: He is not even a starter now, on one of the most disappointing teams in the worst of all six power conferences, per KenPom.”

LeBron James has been open about wanting to play with Bronny James in the NBA, which has led many to believe that some teams would draft him just for the chance that LeBron would join as well, but with this season unfolding as it has, Bronny and LeBron may hold off one more year.

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Story originally appeared on Trojans Wire