High School Wiretap

LaMelo Ball Enrolls At Spire Institute In Ohio

Nov 6, 2018 2:26 PM

LaMelo Ball will return to the United States to play high school basketball at the Spire Institute in Ohio.

Ball had played in Lithuania with BC Vytautas Prienai.

“I’m excited to return to school and rejoin my class on the court for my senior year,” said Ball. “Playing in international competition was a great experience. I learned and matured so much. I appreciated the JBA experience my dad provided for me. I think it helped my development. I can’t wait to play with my peers.”

Ball is eligible to play because Spire is a prep school.

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Michele Roberts Anticipates Possible Unionization Of G League Players

Oct 24, 2018 8:05 AM

Michele Roberts reacted to an announcement from the NBA that the G League will have "Special Contracts" available for top prep stars who wish to forego college and make $125,000 for one season in the G League. The goal of the plan is to offer an alternate path for prospects who would rather not to go college before the one-and-done rule is eliminated, which will likely be by 2022.

“Everybody wants to stay at home. That’s natural instinct,” National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts told Yahoo Sports. “Going overseas is lonely. The G League, at least historically, has been a more profitable option … most of the time, guys are making more money, having access to family and friends.”

Roberts wasn't involved in the union when the one-and-done rule was enacted.

“I don’t know how many slots we’re talking about [for elite G League players with special contracts], I don’t know what additional conditions are attached to it,” Roberts said. “This is not something we’ve [the NBPA] negotiated. [The prospects] are not members of the union. I have more questions about that contract. The six figures will get some guys’ attention.”

Roberts told Yahoo Sports that unionization of G League players could be on the horizon.

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NBA Trying To Add Two Conditions To Elimination Of One-And-Done Rule

Oct 20, 2018 3:03 PM

The NBA and National Basketball Players Association are struggling to reach an agreement on lowering the league's minimum age to 18.

The NBA is attempting to attach two conditions: requiring player-agents furnish all teams with medical information on draft prospects and also mandating players' attendance and some level of participation in the pre-draft combine.

The NBA hopes to have a deal with the NBPA to remove the one-and-done rule in time for the 2022 NBA Draft.

The league and union must collectively bargain any changes to a CBA that was ratified in 2016.

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G League To Offer $125k Salaries To Elite One-And-Done Prospects

Oct 18, 2018 12:15 PM

The G League is creating a new venture as an alternative to the current one-and-done route for the best American basketball prospects.

As part of a newly formed "professional path" starting in the summer of 2019, the G League will offer "Select Contracts" worth $125,000 to elite prospects who are at least 18 years old but not yet eligible for the NBA draft.

The rule will target recent or would-be high school graduates who would otherwise likely spend just one season playing college basketball. They will receive a six-figure salary and benefit from the NBA's infrastructure. 

Without the restrictions of the NCAA's amateurism rules, players will also be free to hire agents, profit off their likeness and pursue marketing deals from sneaker companies.

While changes to the NBA's age limit likely won't be implemented until the 2022 draft, the league considers this an immediate response.

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USA Basketball, NBA, NBPA, NCAA Announce Partnership Focused On Elite Prospects

Aug 29, 2018 12:19 PM

USA Basketball today announced plans to collaborate with the National Basketball Association (NBA), National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the expansion of its Men’s Junior National Team program to include additional training camps and year-round player development programming, with focuses on health and wellness and life skills. 

Through the expansion, USA Basketball’s Junior National Team will build on its existing basketball development program to provide unprecedented on- and off-court player development opportunities for more than 80 top U.S. high school players. 

Life-skills education and off-court development also will be major focus areas for the expanded program, with player education sessions on a variety of topics, including positive decision making, healthy relationships, cultural understanding and diversity, leadership and character development, collegiate eligibility and recruiting. 

The expansion will also introduce a first-of-its-kind parent education program to provide families with resources and information designed to help them support their athlete’s development on and off the court. 

Approximately 20 athletes from each high school class will participate in six training camps and competitions throughout the 2018-19 calendar year, including the first Junior National Team minicamp for players from all high school grades from Oct. 5-7 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The 2018-19 schedule of USA Basketball Junior National Team training camps and competitions is as follows: 

  • Junior National Team Minicamp:                   October 2018              Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Junior National Team Minicamp:                   April 2019                   Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Nike Hoop Summit:                                        April 2019                   Portland, Ore.
  • USA Basketball Training Camp:                    June 2019                   Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • FIBA Americas U16 Championship:             June/July 2019            TBD

      FIBA U19 World Cup:                                   July 2019                    TBD

  • Junior National Team Minicamp:                   July 2019                   Colorado Springs, Colo.

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NBA, USA Basketball Blindsided By NCAA's Proposed 'Elite' Prospect Rule

Aug 8, 2018 11:17 PM

The NCAA's new rules allowing "elite" prospects to hire agents has blindsided top officials from the NBA and USA Basketball.

The NCAA assigned responsibility to identifying which prospects qualify as "elite" to USA Basketball, but the organization doesn't have the infrastructure or interest in accepting that role.

USA Basketball prefers that the NBA make those decisions, sources said. The NBA already oversees the invitation process to the Chicago pre-draft combine and Portsmouth Invitational camps every spring. 

"We will review the NCAA's planned reforms and continue to assess, along with our Players' Association, the potential for any related NBA rules changes," NBA spokesman Tim Frank said.

John Calipari, talking about the NCAA rules changes on SportsCenter, said "None of this goes into effect until the NBA and the Players Association come up with something, and I'm hearing it won't be until 2022 so we're probably wasting our breath dealing with the ins and outs of this.

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NCAA To Allow 'Elite' Prospects To Hire Agents

Aug 8, 2018 12:19 PM

The NCAA will allow "elite" high school and college players to be represented by agents. The initial proposal indicates USA Basketball would determine the "elite" criteria.

Players can be eligible for the NBA Draft and return to school if they go undrafted.

The move comes as the NBA is expected to eliminate the one-and-done rule within the next five years.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

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LeBron James Jr. To Attend Crossroads In Santa Monica

Aug 6, 2018 5:37 PM

LeBron James Jr. has enrolled at Crossroads in Santa Monica an incoming eighth grader.

James recently helped North Coast Blue Chips win the 13U title at the Las Vegas Classic.

James had also been linked to Sierra Canyon.

Baron Davis, Austin Croshere and Shareef O'Neal attended Crossroads.

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NBA Sends Memo Suggesting Possible Elimination Of One-And-Done Rule By 2021

Jun 15, 2018 3:29 PM

The NBA has sent a memo to all 30 teams on Friday indicating that the one-and-done rule could be eliminated as early as 2021.

The memo does not mention the one-and-done rule by name, but it is meant to remind teams the league and the players union could agree to scrap one-and-one before the expiration of the current collective bargaining deal in 2024.

The first draft in which the rule is changed will surely be loaded with the best prospects from two straight high school classes.

The memo serves as something of an advisory to teams who might think about trading away future first-round picks in the lead-up to Thursday's draft. 

The league instituted the one-and-done rule in 2005, but it has since been met with criticism on many sides of the issue.

The league will discuss the issue further during annual meetings at Summer League in Las Vegas, the memo says.

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Wendell Carter Jr.'s Mother Compares NCAA System To Slavery, Prison System

May 7, 2018 8:10 PM

The mother of Wendell Carter Jr., Kylia Carter compared the current system of NCAA basketball to slavery and a prison system.

Carter declared for the 2018 NBA Draft as an anticipated lottery pick, but it reportedly was a difficult decision.

Kylia Carter's comments came at a meeting of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.

"When you remove all the bling and the bells and the sneakers and all that," she said, "you've paid for a child to come to your school to do what you wanted them to do for you, for free, and you made a lot of money when he did that, and you've got all these rules in place that say he cannot share in any of that. The only other time when labor does not get paid but yet someone else gets profits and the labor is black and the profit is white, is in slavery.

"To be honest with you," she said, "it's nauseating."

Kylia Carter played basketball at and graduated from Ole Miss.

"This would be even harder to say in the crowd, but I can say it here," she said in a hallway following the meeting. "It feels intentional. It feels like it was built this way intentionally. I can't move that from my thoughts.

"Should the NCAA be removed? Yes, because I don't trust it," she said. "You're not to be trusted because your intentions are clear. Let's call this group in the middle, let's call it something else. Let's put some real reform in there and call it something different and get rid of the current status quo because it's based on indentured servitude."

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Darius Bazley Will Enter G League Directly From High School
Darius Bazley is a projected top-10 selection in the 2019 NBA Draft.

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Anfernee Simons Declares For 2018 NBA Draft
Anfernee Simons was a top-10 high school recruit and spent his fifth year at IMG.

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Zion Williamson Headlines 2018 USA Nike Hoop Summit Roster
Mike Jones and Penny Hardaway will coach the United States.

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R.J. Barrett Named 2018 Naismith High School Player Of The Year
R.J. Barrett becomes just the second Canadian to win the prestigious award.

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Australian NBL Creates Rule To Attract U.S. One-And-Dones
Terrance Ferguson spent one season in Australia before he was a first round pick.

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Barack Obama Suggests NBA Create Junior League Due To Issues With NCAA Structure
Barack Obama spoke for an hour at the MIT Sloan Analytics Conference last Friday.

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Stan Van Gundy: One-And-Done Rule Has Racist Element
Stan Van Gundy was critical of both the NCAA and the NBA's one-and-done rule.

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Zion Williamson Commits To Duke
Zion Williamson will join top overall recruit R.J. Barrett at Duke.

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R.J. Barrett, Zion Williamson Headline 2018 McDonald's All-American Team
R.J Barrett has committed to Duke while Zion Williamson remains uncommitted.

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LaVar Ball Starting League For High School Graduates
The Junior Basketball Association will pay players as much as $10,000 per month.

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LiAngelo Ball, LaMelo Ball Agree To One-Year Deals With Vytautas Prienai
LiAngelo Ball and LaMelo Ball will report in January.

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