The highlights of Bronny James and American high school students in Nanterre

The highlights of Bronny James and American high school students in Nanterre

In this particularly calm summer period in terms of basketball, the move of the California Basketball Club to Île-de-France was the event of Monday August 15th.

It is however only a team of Californian high school students but with the two sons of LeBron James, Bronny (17 years old) and Bryce (15 years old), Justin Pippen, the son of Scottie Pippen, or Ashton Hardaway, the son of Penny Hardaway, the meeting at the Maurice-Thorez sports hall in Nanterre was enough to attract attention.

Bronny James’ thundering dunk

Especially since the Comsport agency had put together a nice team opposite, with a lot of hopefuls from French basketball (Ilane Fibleuil, Bilal Coulibaly, Melvin Ajinca, Tidjane Salaun or Maxime Logue) ready to challenge the “sons of” US.

Despite reduced communication and a less than optimal ticketing system, there were many people in Nanterre, with a few “guests” in the stands, in particular Tyronn Lue, Clippers coach Victor Wembanyama, present to see his little brother Oscar, or even Nicolas Batum. It must be said that the meeting was squarely broadcast on ESPN, the American channel having come in force for the event.

The question, for all the spectators/curious, was to know what bronny james was really worthwhom his father expects in the NBA in 2024. Did he really have the level of the best French players in his age category?

To this question, the son of the “King” answered rather well, displaying an aggressiveness towards the circle and an activity which inevitably reminded his father. With his right hand dunk on the left side of the field, on Melvin Ajinça, he also ignited the room and social networks, displaying all his explosiveness and power!

Bilal Coulibaly, tricolor MVP

The major difference with his father is clearly his size (announced at 1m88), which limits his potential and makes him much less lethal in penetration, where the French have picked him several times.

However, he finished with 25 points, the best mark of the match, tied with Bilal Coulibaly, the MVP of the match on the French side. It is also the Blues who win (97-85) after being dominated in the first half. The activity of Maxime Logué (15 pts) thus helped the French “Select Team” to turn the match around, the defensive stops turning into counter-attacks and the tricolor size helping to punish the American deficiencies in the rebound.

Thanks also to the shots of Roman Domon (12 pts) and Melvin Ajinça ​​(12 pts), the California Basketball Club was finally overtaken, while Bronny James left his teammates with five faults at the end of the game.

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