The NBA was infused with an abundance of promising talent in the 2021 NBA draft on Thursday.
It was not too long ago that the NBA’s newest brightest stars were dominating at their respective high schools and internationally, though. Long before the college and international stardom that led them to be drafted in the first round, many of Thursday night’s selections were key pieces for prominent high school basketball programs and international clubs.
With this year’s NBA draft in the books, USA Today High School Sports decided to a look at where each first-rounder played either their high school basketball or club overseas.
Let’s get into it.
Cade Cunningham — Montverde Academy (Fla.)
Jalen Green — Prolific Prep (Calif.)
Evan Mobley — Rancho Christian (Calif.)
Scottie Barnes — Montverde Academy (Fla.)
Jalen Suggs — Minnehaha Academy (Minn.)
Josh Giddey — NBL Adelaide (Australia)
Jonathan Kuminga — The Patrick School (N.J.)
Franz Wagner — Germany
Davion Mitchell — Liberty County (Ga.)
Ziaire Williams — Sierra Canyon (Calif.)
James Bouknight — MacDuffie School (Mass.)
Joshua Primo — Royal Crown (Ohio)
Chris Duarte — Redemption Christian Academy (N.Y.)
Moses Moody — Montverde Academy (Fla.)
Corey Kispert — King’s School (Wash.)
Alperen Sengun — Besitkas (Turkey)
Trey Murphy III — Cary Academy (N.C.)
Tre Mann — Villages Charter School (Fla.)
Kai Jones — Brewster Academy (N.H.)
Jalen Johnson — Nicolet (Wisc.)
Keon Johnson — The Webb School (Tenn.)
Isaiah Jackson — Waterford Mott (Mich.)
Usman Garuba — Real Madrid (Spain)
Josh Christopher — Mayfair (Calif.)
Quentin Grimes — College Park (Texas)
Bones Hyland — St. Georges Tech (Del.)
Cameron Thomas — Oak Hill Academy (Va.)
Jaden Springer — IMG Academy (Fla.)
Day’Ron Sharpe — Montverde Academy (Fla.)
Santi Aldama — Canterbury Academy (Spain)
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