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A private elementary school in Inglewood, California, will soon be named after the mother of NBA referee Derek Richardson, according to a press release from Lynn Allen Jeter and Associates. The 26-year veteran official, who grew up in North Charleston and graduated from R.B. Stall High School, recently purchased the former K. Anthony School. On Saturday, its name will be changed to Dolores T. Richardson School following a ribbon-cutting ceremony, dedication and open house.
Adam Zagoria: After Bronny James and Sierra Canyon played in London, Paris and Rome over the summer, the @Hoophall will also hold a high school event in London in December

Nick DePaula: BREAKING: Bronny James has signed with @BeatsByDre — their 1st High School NIL athlete signing. His dad @LeBron James was the 1st athlete signing in Beats history in 2008. Now, they’re both starring in the brand’s newest ad for its Fit Pro and Studio Buds earphones.

“Hey, you’re the guy who guarded Zion, right?” Bryson Bishop has heard that a time or two since a video went viral of him in eighth grade guarding the high school version of New Orleans Pelicans star Zion Williamson. Williamson, then a 6-foot-6 junior, looked down in amazement at Bishop, then a 5-foot-6 eighth grader, who was clapping it up as he took his assignment to guard Williamson. The two got together again on Friday night in Birmingham, Alabama as the Pelicans and Williamson were in town for a preseason game against the Atlanta Hawks.
Sources tell The Athletic that Johnson, 18, will receive a salary exceeding $1 million, which is now the largest Ignite salary to date. Ignite guard Scoot Henderson previously had the highest salary at $1 million. A point guard who played last season at Norcross High School in Georgia, Johnson is a dual citizen of the United States and Jamaica. He is a top-40 prospect in the class, according to the 247Sports Composite Rating, and was selected for the World Team at Nike Hoop Summit this past year. He plans to be with the Ignite program for both this season and the 2023-24 season.

NBA, NBPA expected to change draft age to 18 in next CBA

The NBA and NBA Players Association are expected to agree on moving the age eligibility for the NBA Draft from 19 to 18, clearing the way for the return of high school players making the NBA leap, per sources with knowledge of the discussions. The reduced age limit for high school-to-NBA jumps would go into effect as early as the 2024 NBA Draft. Commissioner Adam Silver said in July that he was “hopeful” for the rule changing in the next collective bargaining agreement cycle, and both sides appear motivated to reduce the age eligibility for the draft.
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