NBA Preparing To Get Involved With Elite High School Prospects

NBA Preparing To Get Involved With Elite High School Prospects

As Windhorst writes, the two entities "are trying to work together on this so that amendments can be made in the short term and are trying to use the unrest in college basketball to find a way to make changes that can hopefully help the entire youth basketball environment".

The NBA is reportedly making plans to get involved at the high school level in order to prepare teenagers - both on and off the court - for the rigors of professional basketball, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

Adam Silver and several of his top advisers have been engaged in listening tours and information-gathering missions with an array of stakeholders for months.

Windhorst adds that Silver is also looking at ways of enhancing the G-League with incentives such as larger contracts or possibly revamping two-way contracts to make them more enticing for players because they would have the chance to split time between the G-league and National Basketball Association.

The league aims to develop a plan which will go beyond simply allowing top prospects to enter the National Basketball Association at age 18, but to actually get involved with players in the high school years and help them develop into NBA-ready players. Windhorst adds that Silver is expected to seek partnerships with sneaker companies "eventually".


At one point the league had seriously considered letting teams set up their own academies for developing young prospects, like how European soccer clubs develop players, but ultimately decided against that idea.

"Instead, Windhorst writes, the league is looking at how it can connect with prospects in high school, and ". bring in some of its experts to advise high-level prospects on training methods, recovery, nutrition and life skills.

The proposal is far from finished as it is, but it could include a passageway for the National Basketball Association to reach out to elite prospects during two important periods in which they now have minimal contact - "the high school years and the time between high school graduation and when a young player is physically and emotionally ready to join the National Basketball Association".

LeBron James and even former President of the United States Barack Obama, for example, have suggested that the league expand its G League to provide another option other than the NCAA for prospects.

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