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FutureStarrFuture Nba Stars in High School
Graham Coker, Managing Director of The Crossover, a company that designs and manages pro basketball services for athletes, has created a new concept for the NBA. Coker, who plays for the Philadelphia 76ers, believes that the NBA is headed in a very different direction than the NFL, and could be in the midst of a golden age.
Jalen Green entered high school as one of the top few prospects in the 2020 class and he’ll end his prep career with his stock as high as it was four years ago. An exceptionally gifted athlete, Green doesn’t just rely on his physical tools as a scorer, as he has plus ball skills and jumper with range to the perimeter. While Green is score-first, his handle and vision allow him to play on the ball as well. In competitive settings, Green has shown outstanding defensive production due to his lateral quickness, length and instincts. He has a combination of a very safe floor and high ceiling.
A center with elite physical tools, Evan Mobley has consistently progressed throughout his high school career and while he’s very good now, he is still far away from reaching his vast potential which makes him all the more intriguing. His combination of size, length, athleticism and instincts make him a big-time rim protector and area rebounder on defense. Offensively, he can score facing up or with his back to the basket due to his soft hands and feet and a skill that is consistently improving. Mobley needs to add strength and could become more of an alpha, but it’s hard to nitpick given his significant upside and high floor. (Source: 247sports.com)
Basketball never stops — it isn’t just a phrase fit for a T-shirt, it’s also true in both the literal and figurative sense. When the NBA takes a summer vacation, the future stars of the game are building their skill sets and reputations at the high school level. While the evolution of the sport has taken place on its biggest stages, that influence is being felt all the way down to how our brightest young players are evaluated and developed.
Mike Krzyzewski: “I applaud and I’m glad the kids will be given the opportunity to make a decision. Am I ready to do that? The other thing, I would hope that the powers to be — that the NBA will be well-prepared. The NCAA is not prepared right now. They need to be in concert with the NBA in developing a plan that is specific for men’s college basketball. We should already have a plan and I think what you do is, the NBA has a plan, then we have a plan and you say, well, do they mesh? OK. Oh, that’s pretty good, your plan. In other words, we work a little bit better than our government, where we don’t just sit on both sides of the aisle.” (Source: hoopshype.com)
The Enquirer talked to University of Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin and Xavier University head coach Travis Steele to see what they think of the G-League offering contracts to college basketball's top prospects. “It should have never come in (the one-and-done)," said Cronin. "If a guy is 18 he can go off to war for his country, he should be able to play basketball. You can’t regulate bad decisions. There’s going to be bad decisions in all walks of life. We’re not regulating baseball players, hockey players, tennis players and golfers. Why are we regulating basketball players?”
A plan is expected to include the NBA starting relationships with elite teenagers while they are in high school, providing skills to help them develop both on and off the court. It would ultimately open an alternate path to the NBA besides playing in college and a way 18-year-olds could earn a meaningful salary either from NBA teams or as part of an enhanced option in the developmental G League, sources said. (Source: hoopshype.com)