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    Quote Originally Posted by MentschTrachtGottLacht View Post
    And now, since I didn't turn 18 until the middle of my 2nd semester in college, I'm going to go cry over my "what-might-have-beens".
    If this is over beers, may I be included?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigVMan23 View Post
    Good for Zion...I have seen the young man play and he is very very good.

    As far as age goes, the poster that stated above that most kids are already 19 when they graduate high school...maybe in Germany and Sweden, I don't know, but HERE in the good ol' US of A, no. BY FAR the majority of kids in this country's high school system turn 18 at some point after their senior year starts. Some may have an early birthday and turn 18 sometime in August or September (a few even a little earlier), some might have a later birthday and turn 18 in April or May (like I did in April of my senior year), or maybe even walk across the stage still 17. I have a young man that plays basketball for me that won't turn 18 till late October after he graduates in 2019...he could actually be held back 2 years and still be eligible to play sports. He could have been an 8th grader this year in stead of a sophomore. Wow. At one time, it was somewhat unusual to have someone who had already turned 19 still in school, and those kids had usually (though not always) "failed" a grade somewhere along the line and had to repeat. Though in this day and age of hold backs and with kids turning 19 in their senior year more common, it's still largely in the minority and I would be very very surprised if it's more than 10%, and my guess is that number is probably a high estimate.
    Agreed all the way around. Might help some of these young athletes, but its hard to swallow that its the norm or close to it. And it does take something away when throwing out that a kid is the first ever to do something at his grade level when very few before him have ever been at his age at said grade level. Not knocking the young man, just the person that thought stats like those mean squat.

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    Has he reached his full growing potential? Is he only 5'11? It will be hard for him to be a great d-1 player if this is his true height?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Holiday fan View Post
    Has he reached his full growing potential? Is he only 5'11? It will be hard for him to be a great d-1 player if this is his true height?
    He's taller than Tyler Ulis isn't he?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Holiday fan View Post
    Has he reached his full growing potential? Is he only 5'11? It will be hard for him to be a great d-1 player if this is his true height?
    At 5'11 he could play D1

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    Quote Originally Posted by PurplePride92 View Post
    He's taller than Tyler Ulis isn't he?
    Ullis is too small to make it.

    Oh wait

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    Quote Originally Posted by PurplePride92 View Post
    He's taller than Tyler Ulis isn't he?
    I've never seen this 'super player' in action. Does he have the same or similar skill set as Ulis? Nothing better to see a KY kid do well. Just hate to see to much hype that a kid can never achieve. hope to see him in action and make it big time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TAC View Post
    I've never seen this 'super player' in action. Does he have the same or similar skill set as Ulis? Nothing better to see a KY kid do well. Just hate to see to much hype that a kid can never achieve. hope to see him in action and make it big time.
    Couldn't tell you. All I know is that he is still the #1 ranked player in the nation for the 2021 class and that he is playing for Team USA on their 17U team. Will he be as good as Ulis? I have no clue. He's off to a good start and seems to have a promising future with paid college behind door #1 and that is all that matters IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TAC View Post
    I've never seen this 'super player' in action. Does he have the same or similar skill set as Ulis? Nothing better to see a KY kid do well. Just hate to see to much hype that a kid can never achieve. hope to see him in action and make it big time.
    Ulis or not, the young man is special. Not worried about him living up to the hype because the hype for this young man is not coming from what he has done against KY HS basketball competition. His hype has originated from what he has done playing against the best HS players in the nation, including kids several years older. He is already achieving it against elite D1 college prospects, his hype was not born from playing against HS kids that will never play college basketball at a high level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coachlee View Post
    Ulis or not, the young man is special. Not worried about him living up to the hype because the hype for this young man is not coming from what he has done against KY HS basketball competition. His hype has originated from what he has done playing against the best HS players in the nation, including kids several years older. He is already achieving it against elite D1 college prospects, his hype was not born from playing against HS kids that will never play college basketball at a high level.
    Quote Originally Posted by PurplePride92 View Post
    Couldn't tell you. All I know is that he is still the #1 ranked player in the nation for the 2021 class and that he is playing for Team USA on their 17U team. Will he be as good as Ulis? I have no clue. He's off to a good start and seems to have a promising future with paid college behind door #1 and that is all that matters IMO.
    Thanks for the info. Like I mentioned. Never seen the kid play or heard of him. Just see a title of a thread and wondered if he is up to the hype. I hope he is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TAC View Post
    Thanks for the info. Like I mentioned. Never seen the kid play or heard of him. Just see a title of a thread and wondered if he is up to the hype. I hope he is.
    So far he is. Kid can play. Room to improve for sure but he can hoop.

    Great first step, NBA three point line range, elite ball handling skills, above average ability to create his own shot and a damn good free throw shooter.

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    #1 nationwide ranking in your class = you are for real. Think about this. If he stays healthy chances are he stays at least top 3 in his class (probably will stay #1). Prep school or no prep school he will pretty much get to pick any University in America. His off court attitude matches his on court ability. He already has played against National competition for several years and he has never walked the halls of a high school as a student. Because his name is out there and his ranking, he gets to train with coaches and trainers that probably only 5% of players get to train with. Of course, nothing will be handed to him. He will work and earn his keep. Although the coaches of BGHS hasn't been around elite talent much (not many coaches in Bluegrass has - especially a kid ranked this high), the coaches has been quoted numerous times they have never seen a player at any level that puts the work in like this kid does.

    His all around game is off charts, hence the ranking but his ball handling ability is above reproach. His dribbling is like a video game. Because of his handles it makes it look as if the game is so easy for him. No one in high school currently has his skills with ball in his hand, IMO, no one!

    He is a high major and with his work ethic and with his name already known by the folks that need to know it, the sky is limit. He will make $ for playing this game. Looking forward to keeping up with him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Purple Nation View Post
    #1 nationwide ranking in your class = you are for real. Think about this. If he stays healthy chances are he stays at least top 3 in his class (probably will stay #1). Prep school or no prep school he will pretty much get to pick any University in America. His off court attitude matches his on court ability. He already has played against National competition for several years and he has never walked the halls of a high school as a student. Because his name is out there and his ranking, he gets to train with coaches and trainers that probably only 5% of players get to train with. Of course, nothing will be handed to him. He will work and earn his keep. Although the coaches of BGHS hasn't been around elite talent much (not many coaches in Bluegrass has - especially a kid ranked this high), the coaches has been quoted numerous times they have never seen a player at any level that puts the work in like this kid does.

    His all around game is off charts, hence the ranking but his ball handling ability is above reproach. His dribbling is like a video game. Because of his handles it makes it look as if the game is so easy for him. No one in high school currently has his skills with ball in his hand, IMO, no one!

    He is a high major and with his work ethic and with his name already known by the folks that need to know it, the sky is limit. He will make $ for playing this game. Looking forward to keeping up with him.
    Oh, and elite level athleticism.

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    Has there ever been a High School player from Kentucky ranked in the Top 10 of their class nationally? That is not a smarty pants question. I am interested to know how many times a HS kid with KY ties has made this type list. (For that matter also MADE a USA Basketball squad, not tried out).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Purple88 View Post
    Has there ever been a High School player from Kentucky ranked in the Top 10 of their class nationally? That is not a smarty pants question. I am interested to know how many times a HS kid with KY ties has made this type list. (For that matter also MADE a USA Basketball squad, not tried out).
    Rondo possibly?

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