High School Wiretap

Jonathan Kuminga Considering G League, Is 50/50 On Reclassifying Into Class Of 2020

May 23, 2020 10:36 PM

Jonathan Kuminga whittled down his college list to Auburn, Duke, Kentucky and Texas Tech, and also included the NBA G League as a possible destination for the 2020-21 season.

Kuminga is currently rated the #1 prospect of the 2021 class.

Kuminga added that he is still considering whether to reclassify into the class of 2020.

“For me, right now, I would say 50/50. With everything is going on right now, I don’t want to put myself in the type of situation where I don’t know what I’m doing. So I’ve just got to be patient with it, sit down with my family and plan on everything," Kuminga told Paul Biancardi on the "High School Basketball Happenings" podcast.

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Tags: Jonathan Kuminga, High School, High School Recruiting, D-League, D-League Misc Rumor

Penny Hardaway: It's A Recruiting War When It Comes To G League Pathway Program

May 21, 2020 9:04 PM

Penny Hardaway has spoken candidly about how the NBA's program allowing elite high school players to sign with a G League pathway program will impact college basketball recruiting.

"It's going to have a huge impact, because it's just a recruiting war right now when it comes to that," Hardaway said. "But I think it's going to affect us because we're recruiting a bunch of five-stars."

The NBA's initial designs last year called for players to receive offers of $125,000. But contracts for players in the G League's yearlong developmental program will now reportedly reach as much as $500,000.

"When they took the money from a smaller level to a larger level, then that's fair," Hardaway said. "That's definitely more appealing to a certain group of guys as we saw this year."


Tags: Memphis Tigers, High School, NCAA, NBA, D-League

Penny Hardaway Compares G League Recruitment Of Prospects To 'Tampering'

May 1, 2020 3:01 PM

Penny Hardaway believes the NBA's new use of the G League is detrimental to college basketball as they are actively recruiting prospects who have already committed to schools.

“For me, I didn’t think the G League was built – and I could be wrong – to go and recruit kids that want to go to college out of going to college,” Hardaway said. “I thought they were going to be the organization that was going to be, if you want to go overseas or you absolutely did not want to play college 100 percent, that this would be the best situation for you before you go into the NBA.

“But taking guys out of their commitments (or) they’ve already signed and continuing to talk to their parents, it’s almost like tampering. I really don’t agree with that.”

Jalen Green had committed to Memphis, while Isaiah Todd and Daishen Nix backed out of their commitments to Michigan and UCLA respectively.

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Tags: Memphis Tigers, High School, NCAA, NBA, D-League

Jalen Green To Enter NBA/G League Professional Pathway Program

Apr 16, 2020 11:09 AM

Jalen Green will enter the NBA/G League's professional pathway program.

Green is considered the top prospect int he 2020 high school class.

Auburn, Memphis, Oregon, Florida State, USC and Fresno State were some of the college programs vying for Green's commitment.

The G League professional pathway program launched in October 2018 as a program that paid $125,000 to prospects as an alternative to college basketball. Green will be joining an enhanced version of that program.

Green is expected to be one of the top picks of the 2021 NBA Draft.

Sources tell Shams Charania of The Athletic that Green will headline a new G League team in Los Angeles focused on development and preparation for the NBA.

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Tags: Jalen Green, High School, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, D-League, NBA Draft General

Emoni Bates Becomes First Sophomore To Win Gatorade National Player Of The Year

Apr 14, 2020 11:05 AM

Emoni Bates has been named the Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year.

Bates is the first sophomore to win the award and beat out seniors Cade Cunningham and Evan Mobley.

“Emoni Bates is the newest generational talent in the high school game,” ESPN national recruiting director for boys high school basketball Paul Biancardi said in a news release. “As a 6-foot-9 sophomore, he owns a slender frame with terrific length thanks to a 7-1 wingspan. His elite ball skills have a profound influence and impact on the game.

"His ability as a shooter, including his capacity to make contested shots, makes him unique. His gifts off the bounce, his court vision and his fast-developing basketball IQ stand out as well. A key separating trait at this early age is his ‘alpha-dog’ mentality. When his time comes for the NBA draft, we project him as the No. 1 pick.”

Bates averaged 31.6 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists this season at Lincoln.

Bates has drawn comparisons to Kevin Durant and is the projected No. 1 pick in 2022 if the NBA eliminates the age limit.

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Tags: Emoni Bates, High School, NCAA, NBA

USA Basketball Cancels Hoop Summit

Mar 14, 2020 1:44 PM

USA Basketball announced the cancellation of the Hoop Summit due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event, featuring the top high school players in the country, was scheduled for April 10th.

Other showcase events, including the Jordan Brand Classic and McDonald's All-American Game, were also cancelled to due virus concerns. 

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Tags: High School, High School McDonald's, High School Nike Hoop Summit, High School Jordan Classic

NBA, NBPA Revises Draft Eligibility Rules For U.S.-Based Players In Limbo Between H.S., College

Feb 18, 2020 12:17 PM

Makur Maker will be eligible for the 2020 NBA draft if he applies as an early-entry candidate, according to a memo from the league office to all 30 teams.

The memo also included a revision to the collective bargaining agreement regarding the draft eligibility of players similar to Maker.

In the future, however, U.S.-based players who have not yet graduated high school but otherwise meet the standard criteria of being 19 years old and one NBA season removed from their originally scheduled graduation date will not be eligible for that year's draft. 

Because Maker was two credits short of receiving a high school diploma from Orange (California) Lutheran High School, where he was enrolled during the 2018-19 season, he needed to petition the NBA for inclusion by submitting high school transcripts to the league office.

Maker was once ranked in the 30s of the ESPN 100 but now is No. 77 and increasingly likely to attend college next year.

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Tags: High School, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Makur Makur Submits Paperwork To Become Eligible For 2020 NBA Draft

Oct 17, 2019 3:31 PM

Makur Makur has submitted paperwork to become eligible for the 2020 NBA Draft.

"The NBA players association is helping Makur get eligible. We've submitted all the transcripts and are waiting to hear back from the league office. The NBPA thinks he will receive it. More than likely will be in this draft class," a source told ESPN.

Makur is the No. 10 recruit in the 2020 high school class. Makur turns 19 in November and is in his fifth year of high school.

The NBA's collective bargaining agreement states that "a player shall be eligible for selection" as long as he "(A) is or will be at least nineteen (19) years of age during the calendar year in which the Draft is held, and (B) at least one (1) NBA Season has elapsed since the player's graduation from high school (or, if the player did not graduate from high school, since the graduation of the class with which the player would have graduated had he graduated from high school)."

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Tags: Makur Maker, High School, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Terrence Clarke Commits To Kentucky

Sep 14, 2019 3:11 PM

Kentucky has received a commitment for the class of 2021 from Terrence Clarke.

Clarke is the No. 4 prospect in the class of 2021, but he is expected to reclassify for the class of 2020.

Clarke also considered Boston College, Duke, Memphis, Texas Tech and UCLA.

Clarke's expected reclassification likely takes Kentucky out of the running for five-star wings Jalen Green and Joshua Christopher.

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Tags: Terrence Clarke, Kentucky Wildcats, High School, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Evan Mobley Commits To USC

Aug 5, 2019 8:22 PM

Evan Mobley has committed to USC as part of the 2020 incoming class.

Mobley is considered the top prospect in the class.

Mobley's father is an assistant coach and his brother, Isaiah Mobley, is an incoming freshman.

"I want to get it out of the way before I start my senior year. And I know where I want to go," Mobley told ESPN. "As a freshman and sophomore, I wasn't sure exactly where I was going to go. I was looking for the best fit. But after my junior season, I know that being at USC is the right fit for me."

Mobley plays at Rancho Christian High School and suited up for the Compton Magic this spring and summer, won gold medals with USA Basketball at the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup and the U19 World Cup earlier this summer in Greece.

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Sons Of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade Transfer To Sierra Canyon
The James' family decision was motivated by basketball.

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