NBA Mini: The Next Kobe?

By Dastan Haghnazari

Sophomore Jalen Green is the top ranked player at his position in his state and is second overall in the country.  Standing at 6’5”, Green is one of the bigger high school shooting guards whose prolific scoring capabilities are making people draw likenesses to Kobe Bryant.  On his ESPN recruiting profile it states that “Green is a scoring and playmaking guard who is only just beginning to scratch the surface of his potential. He’s got good perimeter size and hasn’t stopped growing yet or even begun to fill out his frame yet he’s already capable of scoring in bunches…”  Green received his first offer from Fresno State when he was in the seventh grade.  If the NBA were to repeal the “one-and-done” rule which Adam Silver spoke about earlier this week, there is no doubt that he would be drafted early in the first round as a piece on which a team could build around.  Green is attending San Joaquin Memorial High School in Fresno, California. A school in which past NBA stars have graduated including Brook and Robin Lopez, DeShawn Stevenson, and Quincy Poindexter. He has been averaging about 28.3 points per game while playing for Memorial, absolute astronomical numbers for a high school player.  The highlight of his past season was a 46 point 11 rebound game against one of California’s top basketball teams. The future is looking bright for the young sophomore prospect who will be generating much buzz upon his commitment to college or a commitment to the NBA if Commissioner Silver repeals the “one-and-done” rule.


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