High School Rumors
That being said, though, that doesn’t mean there haven’t been any low moments. In a “Who’s Interviewing Who” video with Uninterrupted on Friday, Ball discussed with NBA legend Robert Horry and Pelicans teammate Jaxson Hayes the lowest point of his career. “My lowest moment in basketball came after my freshman year in high school. My pops never let me play AAU or travel ball or nothing like that so I was just local kid nobody really knew about. But I got an invitation to the USA camp to make the team and I ended up getting cut and that kind of shaped my whole high school career from that because I was like ‘There’s no way I’m not one of the best 15 players in my class.’ I went from not even being ranked to I think I made it to No. 2 by the time I was a senior. It just gave me motivation just to chase all the guys in front of me thatpeople thought were better than me.”
Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James didn’t make the second round of the NBA playoffs for the first time in 14 seasons after the Phoenix Suns eliminated the defending champions in six games last week. The Los Angeles Clippers are still in the playoffs (and playing at home tomorrow night) but it was the CIF Southern Sectional Finals between Sierra Canyon and Corona Centennial that was the hottest ticket in town Friday night. James and longtime friend, Drake, were seated courtside to watch his son, Bronny James, return to the court for the first time this season. The sophomore, fresh off making the cover of Sports Illustrated, has been sidelined since February after undergoing knee surgery. Bronny has been practicing for a month with the team and looked comfortable during warmups wearing a knee brace.
LeBron was visibly proud seeing his son return to the court for a competitive game of basketball for the first time in over a year. Bronny’s minutes were limited in his first game back, playing only six minutes in the first half. “By yourself! Screen coming, get through,” LeBron yelled from the sidelines as his son played defense. Down the stretch, it was a defensive stop from Bronny that turned into a euro step layup from Bailey on the other end. Junior guard Amari Bailey, a UCLA commit who averaged over 25 points this season for Sierra Canyon, closed out the half with two impressive dunks that got both LeBron and Drake out of their seats, shaking their heads.
Former North Carolina basketball and NBA star Rasheed Wallace has been named the head coach at NC Good Better Best Academy in North Carolina, according to a tweet from the program on Wednesday. It becomes the second head coaching job of Wallace’s coaching career, with a high school job being the head coaching job that he previously held. Wallace ended his NBA career in 2013 and then transitioned into coaching, working with the Detroit Pistons as an assistant coach for one year. He then didn’t coach again for a while until March of 2019, when Charles E. Jordan High School in Durham, North Carolina, hired him to be the head coach.
Shams Charania: Florida twins Amen and Ausar Thompson – rising high school seniors and five-star prospects – are bypassing HS/college and signing two-year contracts with the new Overtime Elite professional league, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Two Florida brothers ranked in the top 15 high school juniors in the country – Matt and Ryan Bewley – are signing two-year deals with the Overtime Elite professional league, sources tell ESPN, marking first prep underclassmen to sign contracts with an American basketball league.
Fanbo Zeng, China’s top basketball prospect, is decommitting from Gonzaga and planning to join the NBA G League Ignite, sources tell The Athletic’s Shams Charania. The 6-foot-10 forward will be eligible for the NBA Draft in 2022. He was ranked as a four-star high school recruit out of Windermere Prep (Windermere, Fla.), where he played from 2018-2020 after arriving from China in 2017.