If you follow UK basketball recruiting, you’re probably familiar with prep schools.
Huntington Prep first entered the BBN’s radar during Patrick Patterson’s extensive recruitment. Since then, Cats have come from a variety of prep schools. From Findlay Prep in Vegas for DeAndre Liggins, to the Athlete Institute in Ontario to get Jamal Murray, Prep Schools have become an essential part of the recruiting process.
Prep Schools also provide an opportunity to bring top talent into the state with weekend-long showcases. Fans adorned in blue cheer on potential Wildcats in Marshall County, Somerset, Paducah, Lexington and Louisville. 2010 St. X grad and basketball coach, Bryan Just, asks a simple question:
“Why doesn’t Kentucky offer the best of the best at the high school level for basketball?” Just asked on the Derby City Prep’s Facebook page. “Why do players like Rajon Rondo and D’Angelo Russell have to leave to get the experience every highly talented player wants/needs? How has no one tried this in Louisville or Lexington?”
Just is organizing “Derby City Prep,” unveiling his Louisville Prep School plan to our friend T.J. Walker of Rivals. Instead of pushing kids like Romeo Langford out of the state before returning for a showcase, they can stay close to home and still get the same level of national exposure.
It’s an ingenious idea, but one that is just now getting off the ground. Just is in the process of hiring coaches and fundraising, but Derby City Prep could soon be a viable option for elite athletes in the area. The decline of prep basketball in the area has become a hot topic, and Derby City Prep could be a part of the solution.