LeBron James' youngest son Bryce receives first D-1 offer to Duquesne

By , Audacy Sports

Although the spotlight is largely focused on LeBron James' older son Bronny, his 15-year-old son Bryce announced on Monday that he's received his first D-1 offer from the Duquesne Dukes, a mid-major program in Pittsburgh.

Having just played in a European tour with his brother on their AAU team, James made the announcement on Instagram Monday morning.

Duquesne is a mid-major program that resides in the A10 conference. Although the league is small in stature, the conference has produced many notable NBA players including — Stephen Curry (Davidson), Obi Toppin (Dayton), and Bones Hyland (VCU).

I'm sure many are wondering why a kid with the cache of Bryce would post an offer from a team that finished with a 6-24 record last season. You'd be right to speculate but once you take a look at the coaching staff at the school, you can find the connection between them and Bryce's dad.

The Dukes' head coach, Keith Dambrot, was the head coach at St. Vincent-St. Mary where he coached LeBron for two seasons. One of James' best friends and teammates at STVM, Dru Joyce III, is also the associate head coach at the university.

Joyce's dad Dru II was one of LeBron's earliest mentors and coaches, beginning from the time James was just ten years old. He became his coach in high school in 2001, winning a national title in 2003 before LeBron was drafted by the hometown Cleveland Cavaliers with the first overall pick.

Joyce is still the head coach at STVM and has won seven state championships during his decades-long tenure with the school.

Although two years apart, Bryce is already taller than his older brother, standing in at 6-foot-6 — making him several inches taller than Bronny.

According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, many scouts across the NBA believe Bryce has the brighter future out of the two James boys -- despite the younger James having yet to play in a varsity basketball game at Sierra Canyon.

While it's still too early to tell where Bryce commits to, the bond between his dad and the coaching staff can make Duquesne an intriguing option in what will likely be a crowded field for his services.

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