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Louisville will have its own Prep School




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.

Learn the (sometimes strange) details of how Prep Schools work by reading T.J.’s article.  To learn more about Derby City Prep, you can check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

3 Comments for Louisville will have its own Prep School

  1. WCS15UK
    9:38 pm May 5, 2016 Permalink

    Patterson went to Huntington High, not Prep

  2. nybrasky
    10:35 pm May 5, 2016 Permalink

    So some 24 year old is going to launch an “elite” prep school team with no idea where the players will actually go to school? I’m sure it’ll go smoothly, fully compliant and they’ll bring in lots of top talent.

  3. Wilfred Smith
    8:57 am May 6, 2016 Permalink

    Wasn’t this more or less what University Heights from Hopkinsville aspired to become?

    Here’s a guess as to why it won’t work – there can only be one school for ever “X” number of population if it’s going to be elite. Then a percentage of X to watch the quality go down.

    I can answer the guy’s question though: The kids in Kentucky have to go to where there are more kids who are talented. Why do dancers have to go to Broadway? Why do actors have to go to Hollywood? Why do computer folks have to go to Silicon Valley? Resource loction creates comparative advantage.