Parent Heart Watch, July 26th 2023
“Yesterday while practicing Bronny James suffered a cardiac arrest,” a James family spokesperson said in a statement. “Medical staff was able to treat Bronny and take him to the hospital. He is now in stable condition and no longer in ICU. We ask for respect and privacy for the James family and we will update media when there is more information.
James, 18, is entering his freshman year at USC and is ranked 20th in the 2023 ESPN 100 rankings. He is the sixth-rated point guard in the class of 2023.
It is the second straight year the Trojans program has had a player suffer cardiac arrest.
Center Vincent Iwuchukwu, one of the top incoming freshmen in college basketball last season, suffered cardiac arrest on July 1, 2022, and was hospitalized for a few days. He returned to play for USC in January, appearing in 14 games.
James was set to begin his collegiate career overseas as USC men’s basketball was preparing to leave next week for an exhibition tour in Croatia and Greece.
Per NCAA rules, USC was granted 10 extra practice days to prepare for the exhibition tour that will include a series of matchups in Athens and Mykonos, Greece, and Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Information from ESPN’s Jeff Borzello and Myron Medcalf was used in this report.