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Mikey Williams Signs With Excel For NIL

Jul 22, 2021 11:12 AM

Mikey Williams has become the first prep basketball star to sign with a major sports representation agency to pursue name, image and likeness endorsements and sponsorships.

Williams will attend Lake Norman Christian in Huntersville, North Carolina, and play for Vertical Academy. Williams has signed a deal with Excel Sports Management that Excel vice president Matt Davis said he believes "will generate millions of dollars for this young man."

"Mikey's relevance around his peers in the basketball community is off the charts," Davis told ESPN. "He's one of the most relevant personalities in the basketball community. His digital and social following speak for themselves."

Williams is the No. 7 prospect in the Class of 2023 and has over five million followers across multiple social media platforms.

While legislation recently allowed for college athletes to financially profit from NIL endorsement opportunities, no high school prospect unaffiliated with a college program has shown the ability to generate the revenue that Williams appears on the cusp of earning.

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Jalen Lewis Signs Multi-Year Deal With Overtime Elite

Jul 9, 2021 10:29 AM

Jalen Lewis is signing a multi-year deal with the Overtime Elite professional league worth more than $1 million.

Lewis, 16 and born in 2005, is the youngest prospect ever to turn pro in America. 

Lewis is the 12th ranked prospect int he class of 2023 with interest from Kentucky, Duke and UCLA.

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Chet Holmgren Named Gatorade National Player Of The Year

Jun 10, 2021 1:19 AM

Chet Holmgren was announced as the Gatorade National Player of the Year for the 2020-21 season.

Holmgren, the No. 1 prospect in the 2021 ESPN Top 100 class, is committed to Gonzaga.

Holmgren averaged 20.8 points and 12.6 rebounds for Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The 7-footer is also projected as a top-3 pick in ESPN's 2022 mock draft.

 

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No. 2 Ranked Jaden Hardy Signs With G League Ignite

Jun 9, 2021 1:38 PM

Jaden Hardy, the nation’s top guard among high school prospects, has signed with NBA G League Ignite.

The five-star recruit is the No. 2 player in the Class of 2021, according to ESPN.

“I would like to thank God for blessing me. I would like to thank my family and friends for their love and support. I am so excited and fired up that I am turning pro and playing for the NBA G League Ignite,” Hardy said.

In the 2019-20 season, Hardy averaged 30.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 8.4 assists as a junior at Coronado High School in Henderson, Nev., earning the Nevada Gatorade Player of the Year and the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Boys Athlete of the Year awards. Hardy was unable to play a normal season as a senior due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but he was still named a 2021 McDonald’s High School All-American and selected to the 2021 USA Nike Hoops Summit Team.

A Detroit native, Hardy participated in three minicamps with the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team in 2019.

Hardy is the second top-10 recruit from the class of 2021 to sign with Ignite this year, joining power forward Michael Foster Jr. (ESPN No. 7). Hardy, Foster and Scoot Henderson (ESPN No. 7, class of 2022) will help lead a mix of top young standouts and NBA and NBA G League veterans looking to continue Ignite’s success from its inaugural year.

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Jean Montero Signs With Overtime Elite

Jun 5, 2021 6:17 PM

Jean Montero has signed with Overtime Elite, becoming the first international prospect to join the new league.

Montero, from the Dominican Republic, is currently ranked No. 17 in ESPN's 2022 mock draft.

Montero will join on loan from Spanish ACB team Gran Canaria.

The guard joins the likes of five-star prospects Amen and Ausar Thompson in the league.

The league is expected to begin training camp in September. 

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Oak Hill Academy, Montverde Academy Among Teams To Form Elite League For 2021-22 Season

May 26, 2021 1:18 AM

Six national high school powerhouses are set to form a national league starting in the 2021-22 season.

The National Interscholastic Basketball Conference will feature Oak Hill, Montverde, IMG Academy, La Lumiere School, Sunrise Christian Academy and Wasatch Academy, with two other schools to be announced. 

The eight teams will play a 10-game regular season, complete with a playoff schedule.

The league could expand in the upcoming year.

"The NIBC is a great thing for the players and schools involved," said Oak Hill coach Steve Smith. "The best players compete against the best players, teams play the best teams nationally, and I love coaching against the best coaches in the nation. It's a win-win for every school in the NIBC."

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Scoot Henderson Signs $1M Contract With G League Ignite

May 21, 2021 1:52 PM

Scoot Henderson is skipping his senior year of high school and will sign a contract with the G League Ignite team.

Henderson's contract will be worth $1 million. 

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Matt Bewley, Ryan Bewley Become First Juniors To Join Overtime Elite League

May 21, 2021 11:05 AM

Matt Bewley and Ryan Bewley have become the first prep underclassmen to sign contracts with the Overtime Elite professional league. 

Matt Bewley is ranked No. 3 by ESPN for the Class of 2023 while Ryan Bewley is ranked No. 12.

OTE is a well-funded start-up for high school players who want to use the league as an alternative training program to traditional high school and college basketball before entering the NBA draft.

OTE has hired Kevin Ollie, a 13-year NBA veteran and national-championship-winning coach at UConn, to run the team.

The Bewley twins are expected to be eligible for the 2024 NBA draft.

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Michael Foster Jr. Signs With G League Ignite

Apr 23, 2021 4:37 PM

Michael Foster Jr. has signed to play with the G League Ignite during the 21-22 season.

Foster is ESPN's No. 7 prospect in the Class of 2021 and the first player to join the Ignite for next season.

A 2021 McDonald’s All-American, Foster spent his last two high school seasons at Hillcrest Prep in Phoenix, where he averaged 32.2 points and 18.4 rebounds as a senior and 26.3 points, 13.4 rebounds and 6.1 blocks as a junior.

Foster is a native of Milwaukee. 

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ESPN Moves Paolo Banchero To No. 1 In Latest 2022 NBA Mock Draft

Apr 20, 2021 10:11 AM

ESPN has moved Paolo Banchero into the top overall slot in their latest 2022 NBA mock draft.

Banchero will play at Duke and has supplanted Chet Holmgren for the spot. Several NBA scouts have concerns about Holmgren's ability to reach his full potential due to his unique physical composition. 

While the 2022 draft class wasn't considered a highly coveted one early one, it has grown on NBA personnel.

ESPN's Top-10
1. Paolo Banchero
2. Chet Holmgren
3. Jaden Hardy
4. Yannick Nzosa
5. Jabari Smith
6. Adrian Griffin
7. Peyton Watson
8. Patrick Baldwin
9. Caleb Houstan
10. Kennedy Chandler

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Chet Holmgren Commits To Gonzaga

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Kevin Ollie Hired As Head Coach Of Overtime Elite

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Emoni Bates Widely Expected To Choose G League Over Michigan State Before NBA Draft

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Bronny James Undergoes Surgery To Repair Torn Meniscus

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2021 McDonald's All American Game Roster Released

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McDonald's All American Games Canceled For Second Straight Year

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Chet Holmgren Slotted At No. 1 In ESPN's First 2022 NBA Mock Draft

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