It was a limited debut for a four-star recruit, but that’s understandable for Bronny James, as his getting on the court in the first place as the biggest concern. But the USC Trojans guard is now a part of the team, and should ramp up his contributions as the season continues.
The son of the reigning NBA In Season Tournament MVP suffered a heart attack on July 24 while at practice due to a congential heart defect. He wasn’t given clearance to play basketball until November 30, and his first full-contact practice since his hospitalization was just four days ago.
But the crowd recognized what he has been through as stepped on the floor for the first time at the Galen Center on Sunday.
But James’s presence wouldn’t be enough to get the home team over the hump, as the Trojans lost 84-79 in overtime to the Long Beach State 49ers after blowing a 17-point lead in the second half. It’s the first loss by USC to LBSU in 36 seasons.
With his world-famous father sitting court side, James played 16 minutes and scored four points on 1-3 shooting, all from three-point range, and 1-2 from the free throw line. He added three rebounds, two assists and two steals without a turnover.
USC’s next heads to the SEC to face the Auburn Tigers on December 17 in Alabama. Tip-off is set for 1:00 p.m. ET, and will air on ESPN. It might be the first chance much of America gets to see Bronny play, as today’s game was only on Pac-12 Network, well-known as a tough channel to be seen in much of the country.