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High school basketball: Social media post suggests Bronny James has been cleared to play...but will he? - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: Social media post suggests Bronny James has been cleared to play...but will he?
Like father, like son. Bronny James, the national Top 25 sophomore boys basketball recruit and son of LeBron James, is recovered from injury and ready to go just before the playoffs, according to a report.

A Tik Tok post by WhosNextHS indicated the 6-foot-2, 165-pound shooting guard from Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) has been "cleared to start hoopin' " after suffering a torn meniscus in early February.

Sierra Canyon, which had won two straight California Interscholastic Federation Open Division championships before the pandemic ended its 2019-20 season one game short of a possible third consecutive crown, will open the Southern Section playoffs next week.

A text Friday morning to Sierra Canyon coach Andre Chevalier to confirm James' health status or his plans to play for the Trailblazers was not immediately returned.

Sierra Canyon (10-0) is expected to be a top seed in the Open Division, which begins May 28. If it advances, Sierra Canyon would play in the Southern Regional, which takes place June 15-19. For a second straight year, there will be no CIF state basketball championships.

Ranked the No. 25 prospect in the Class of 2023 according to 247Sports, James came off the bench for Sierra Canyon's Southern California championship team last season. He figured to be a starter on the 2020-21 squad, which like the rest of the state had its season delayed until the spring only.
Bronny James has missed Sierra Canyon's shortened 2020-21 spring season due to a knee injury.
File photo by Scott Reed
Bronny James has missed Sierra Canyon's shortened 2020-21 spring season due to a knee injury.
According to the Los Angeles Daily News, James was competing for a Sierra Canyon club team, California Basketball Club, when the injury occurred.

LeBron James returned to the Los Angeles Lakers Wednesday in a 103-100 win over the Golden State Warriors and delivered a triple-double along with making the game-winning 3-pointer. He had missed 25 of the team's final 30 games due to an ankle injury before Wednesday and is waiting for the Lakers' series opener Sunday with the Phoenix Suns.

Sierra Canyon has maintained an unbeaten record despite numerous other setbacks besides Bronny's. At the top of the list is four-star guard Chance Westry, a Pennsylvania native who returned home earlier this month due to personal reasons. The No. 34 overall prospect from the Class of 2022, Westry averaged 14.2 points per outing in five appearances this season.

Max Allen, a 6-foot-8 post player, left the team before the regular season officially got underway April 22 and 7-foot-3 center Harold Yu, who lives in China, also did not join the team.

MaxPreps national basketball editor Jordan Divens contributed to this report.
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Most visited MaxPreps player pages during the 2019-20 school year
Video: Bronny James highlights
Sierra Canyon freshman in action during 2019-20 season.

While powerhouse high school football teams and Friday nights in the fall generate major audience interest on MaxPreps.com, on an individual level it's all about the stars on the hardwood.

Basketball players occupy 20 of the 25 most visited player pages on MaxPreps from Aug. 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.

Fans and site users are particularly interested in the Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) hoops team, which claims five of the Top 10 spots and seven of the Top 25. That means two players who came off the bench for the Southern California program are among the most recognizable names in high school sports.

Leading the way for Sierra Canyon is the freshman son of LeBron James — Bronny James, who piled up over twice as many player page visits as any other athlete on MaxPreps over the past 12 months. Teammates Zaire Wade, Harold Yu, Brandon Boston Jr. and Ziaire Williams also made the Top 10.

In addition to current prep stars, our list includes big names like Patrick Mahomes and Derrick Henry, who are still generating major interest on the site years after their respective high school careers came to an end.

See an expanded list of the high school athletes that are driving traffic below, along with a brief explanation of what made them compelling in 2019-20.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
1. Bronny James, Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) basketball
His appeal isn't much of a mystery. He's the son of the world's most famous basketball player on one of the most high-profile teams at the prep level.

MaxPreps National Freshman of the Year moves the needle on social media and on the court, where he led San Ysidro to its first section title in school history.

Dwyane Wade's son was a key contributor for the Trailblazers, who finished the season ranked No. 15 nationally by MaxPreps.

Newman continued to draw attention thanks in part to the "Hello Newmans" web series produced by Overtime.

At 7-foot-3, the native of China stands out in a unique way even on a star-studded Sierra Canyon roster.

Headed to Kentucky, Boston transferred from Georgia to spend his senior season in SoCal.

A Stanford signee, the 6-8 forward hit a last-second shot in March that sent Sierra Canyon to California's Open Division state championship game.

8. Myzel Miller, Judson (Converse, Texas) football
"Friday Night Tykes" alum was a contributor at defensive back for a 12-2 Judson team last fall. Moving to Cornerstone Christian (San Antonio) next year.

Elite hoops prospect had a monster senior season and then elected to bypass college to play in the G-League.

10. Omar Cooper, Walker (Marietta, Ga.) basketball
Twin brother of 2018-19 MaxPreps National Player of the Year Sharife Cooper and a pretty good baller in his own right, averaging 13.1 points, 5.3 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game as a senior.

He's big on Instagram with nearly 415,000 followers. Played junior varsity basketball in 2019-20 for storied Seattle program.

12. Madison Prewett, Lee-Scott Academy (Auburn, Ala.) basketball
Part of three state championship teams at Lee-Scott Academy from 2011-13, Prewett is better known as a contestant on "The Bachelor" alongside Peter Weber.

13. Tommy Murr, Lindsay Lane Christian Academy (Athens, Ala.) basketball
Led the nation in scoring (according to statistics submitted to MaxPreps) at 44.3 points per game.

Promising kicker made a name for himself last month with his voice on "America's Got Talent."

Overachieving guard graduated in 2019 and spent last season playing post-grad ball before landing a scholarship at Cleveland State.

Headed for start-up Ypsi Prep Academy next year, the 6-8 forward is regarded as the top high school prospect regardless of class.

The 2019-20 MaxPreps National Player of the Year in girls hoops is headed to UConn.

18. Shy Odom, Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) basketball
Massachusetts native is a big time prospect in the Class of 2022.

Starred at Beverly Hills, the University of Oregon and in the NFL before producing "All American" on CW.

Top 10 Class of 2022 prospect is expected to be the go-to guy at Sierra Canyon next season.

Another "Friday Night Tykes" star that looks primed for big things over the next two seasons at East Central.

High school football's all-time leading rusher became a certified NFL star in 2019, rushing for over 1,500 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Small school Indiana star is on pace to challenge state's all-time scoring record.

Featured in the Netflix series "Basketball or Nothing" along with Chinle teammates, scored over 2,000 career points and is headed to Pima Community College in the fall.

One of the top freshman hoops prospects in the Buckeye State.

Next 25

44. Joseph Girard III, Glens Falls (N.Y.) football/basketball
47. Patrick Mahomes, Whitehouse (Texas) football/baseball/basketball
High school basketball: Top 50 Class of 2022 prospect Chance Westry leaves Sierra Canyon - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: Top 50 Class of 2022 prospect Chance Westry leaves Sierra Canyon
Despite starting the high school basketball season in Southern California with a perfect 7-0 mark, national power Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) has suffered a number of significant personnel losses. At the top of the list is four-star guard Chance Westry, a Pennsylvania native who is returning home and no longer with the program due to personal reasons, head coach Andre Chevalier told the Los Angeles Daily News.

Regarded as the No. 34 overall prospect in the Class of 2022, Westry averaged 14.2 points per outing in five appearances this season. He did not play in Sierra Canyon's previous two contests.

Max Allen, a 6-foot-8 post player, left the team before the regular season officially got underway April 22.

Bronny James is also unlikely to join the lineup this year after tearing his meniscus in February and 7-foot-3 center Harold Yu, who lives in China, also will not join the team.

Top five Class of 2022 prospect Amari Bailey has carried the load offensively in recent games, scoring 35 points in a 70-54 victory over Windward last Tuesday before recording a triple-double with 32 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists in their most recent win over Crossroads on Friday.

Despite the voids in the lineup, the Trailblazers have now won 59 consecutive league games and remain a strong contenders to capture their third consecutive CIF Southern Section Open Division title. Playoffs begin May 28.
Amari Bailey drives to the basket during his 35-point performance against Windward.
Photo by Nick Koza
Amari Bailey drives to the basket during his 35-point performance against Windward.
High school basketball: Top 50 Class of 2022 prospect Chance Westry leaves Sierra Canyon - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: Top 50 Class of 2022 prospect Chance Westry leaves Sierra Canyon
Despite starting the high school basketball season in Southern California with a perfect 7-0 mark, national power Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) has suffered a number of significant personnel losses. At the top of the list is four-star guard Chance Westry, a Pennsylvania native who is returning home and no longer with the program due to personal reasons, head coach Andre Chevalier told the Los Angeles Daily News.

Regarded as the No. 34 overall prospect in the Class of 2022, Westry averaged 14.2 points per outing in five appearances this season. He did not play in Sierra Canyon's previous two contests.

Max Allen, a 6-foot-8 post player, left the team before the regular season officially got underway April 22.

Bronny James is also unlikely to join the lineup this year after tearing his meniscus in February and 7-foot-3 center Harold Yu, who lives in China, also will not join the team.

Top five Class of 2022 prospect Amari Bailey has carried the load offensively in recent games, scoring 35 points in a 70-54 victory over Windward last Tuesday before recording a triple-double with 32 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists in their most recent win over Crossroads on Friday.

Despite the voids in the lineup, the Trailblazers have now won 59 consecutive league games and remain a strong contenders to capture their third consecutive CIF Southern Section Open Division title. Playoffs begin May 28.
Amari Bailey drives to the basket during his 35-point performance against Windward.
Photo by Nick Koza
Amari Bailey drives to the basket during his 35-point performance against Windward.
High school basketball: Social media post suggests Bronny James has been cleared to play...but will he? - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: Social media post suggests Bronny James has been cleared to play...but will he?
Like father, like son. Bronny James, the national Top 25 sophomore boys basketball recruit and son of LeBron James, is recovered from injury and ready to go just before the playoffs, according to a report.

A Tik Tok post by WhosNextHS indicated the 6-foot-2, 165-pound shooting guard from Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) has been "cleared to start hoopin' " after suffering a torn meniscus in early February.

Sierra Canyon, which had won two straight California Interscholastic Federation Open Division championships before the pandemic ended its 2019-20 season one game short of a possible third consecutive crown, will open the Southern Section playoffs next week.

A text Friday morning to Sierra Canyon coach Andre Chevalier to confirm James' health status or his plans to play for the Trailblazers was not immediately returned.

Sierra Canyon (10-0) is expected to be a top seed in the Open Division, which begins May 28. If it advances, Sierra Canyon would play in the Southern Regional, which takes place June 15-19. For a second straight year, there will be no CIF state basketball championships.

Ranked the No. 25 prospect in the Class of 2023 according to 247Sports, James came off the bench for Sierra Canyon's Southern California championship team last season. He figured to be a starter on the 2020-21 squad, which like the rest of the state had its season delayed until the spring only.
Bronny James has missed Sierra Canyon's shortened 2020-21 spring season due to a knee injury.
File photo by Scott Reed
Bronny James has missed Sierra Canyon's shortened 2020-21 spring season due to a knee injury.
According to the Los Angeles Daily News, James was competing for a Sierra Canyon club team, California Basketball Club, when the injury occurred.

LeBron James returned to the Los Angeles Lakers Wednesday in a 103-100 win over the Golden State Warriors and delivered a triple-double along with making the game-winning 3-pointer. He had missed 25 of the team's final 30 games due to an ankle injury before Wednesday and is waiting for the Lakers' series opener Sunday with the Phoenix Suns.

Sierra Canyon has maintained an unbeaten record despite numerous other setbacks besides Bronny's. At the top of the list is four-star guard Chance Westry, a Pennsylvania native who returned home earlier this month due to personal reasons. The No. 34 overall prospect from the Class of 2022, Westry averaged 14.2 points per outing in five appearances this season.

Max Allen, a 6-foot-8 post player, left the team before the regular season officially got underway April 22 and 7-foot-3 center Harold Yu, who lives in China, also did not join the team.

MaxPreps national basketball editor Jordan Divens contributed to this report.