Staying back in school to become elite basketball prospects

Staying back in school to become elite basketball prospects

Submitted by Leaders And Best on July 18th, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Didn't see this posted but really interesting story about the increasing practice of holding back basketball prospects in middle school to give them an advantage to become elite prospects. Some examples: Andrew Wiggins, Nerlens Noel, and Shabazz Muhammad. The four top rated prospects in New Jersey in 2014 & 2015 were all held back a year in middle school (including Karl Towns). The other interesting part is after some of these kids become elite, they skip their junior year to reclassify as seniors to get into the NBA earlier (Andrew Wiggins, Nerlens Noel, and Karl Towns).

NJ Star Ledger article: http://www.nj.com/hssports/blog/boysbasketball/index.ssf/2013/07/staying_back_to_get_ahead_high_school_basketball_players_are_staying_back_in_middle_school_to_get_an.html

Discussed at length on the Jalen Rose podcast:

 

2015 Basketball Prospect Karl Towns to be coached by Calipari

2015 Basketball Prospect Karl Towns to be coached by Calipari

Submitted by umhero on June 3rd, 2012 at 2:25 PM

I realize it may seem early to discuss a class of 2015 basketball player, but this kid is a phenom and he has genuine interest in Michigan.  He's a 6'11 center with a great handle and in inside-outside game.  Umhoops had a nice interview with the kid where he describes his Michigan fandom. 

Unfortunately we probably should start counting our chickens.  John Calapari recently added the young star to the Dominican Republic National Team.  The 16 year old will be coached by Calipari and playing alongside Al Horford and Charlie Villanueva in a quest to go to the Olympics.  Calipari will certainly have a upperhand in his recruitment.