High school is a fresh hunting ground for NBA scouts looking to harvest new talent for professional courts, and everyone knows that LeBron James is probably the best investment that the NBA ever made. If you don’t know his record then seriously, go look him up. The problem is that when people like LeBron are recruited, they tend to outshine anyone that comes after them, which is why we’re going to take a look at some of the best high school to NBA recruits out there.
Team: Chicago Bulls
Jimmy Butler is an NBA superstar for the Chicago Bulls, and he’s often considered to be one of the world’s top ten players. Starting out in Tomball High School he attended Junior College later but ranked 73rd in the state of Texas coming out of high school. If you have never followed basketball or rankings for that matter, then you might not realize it, but 73 isn’t a great number. We’re not talking about the country, we’re talking about the state, and that’s not a great number. He played in Junior college, mostly out of obligation, and quickly rose to fame with an average of 18.2 points per game.
Team: Sacramento Kings
Cousins is kind of a jack of all trades, so to speak. He can score in the post, but he can also score outside the three-point line. It was no surprise to anyone that he was a big deal upon exiting high school, and in fact, one of the only concerns scouts and coaches had about him, was his inability to control his emotions when facing down opponents who were able to match his skills. That, however, is perfectly understandable.
Team: Golden State Warriors
Like we said in the beginning, not every player is going to be LeBron James. In fact, some are extremely far from it. Stephen Curry performed so poorly at the beginning of his career that you really can’t find scouting reports for him. Today, he plays for the Golden State Warriors and known for his two NBA championships.
Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Davis played point guard in high school, and he really wasn’t being watched by scouts. After he got closer to seven feet, however, he really climbed the rankings. No pun intended. This is not to say that he’s the best player out there, he still has a lot of room to improve, but he shows a lot of promise, and that is perhaps the most important thing of all. During the course of his career, he’s won several awards including NABC Defensive Player of the Year and the Pete Newell Big Man Award.
High school basketball or any sport really is kind of a risky proposition for scouts. There are some players that turn out exceptionally well, and then there are those that fall flat after being drafted. The future is uncertain when it comes to high school recruits, but one thing is certain: it’s going to be interesting.