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Thread: Can someone explain to me reclassifying?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MileHigh View Post
    I have been out on the circuit for the last 15 years and know all about hold backs and prep schools, but the most high profile "reclass" kids of late dont fit your profile. Deryk Thornton graduated HS at 17(Duke) , Jontay Porter graduated HS at 17 (Mizzou), Marvin Bagley graduated HS at 18 (Duke). None of them were in HS more than 3 years.

    Wrong - he had 4 years of HS......only played 3 though as he was ineligible one least one was at Prep instead of doing his “senior” year in his 5th year of HS ball he “re-classes” back to his original year...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spoko13 View Post
    Wrong - he had 4 years of HS......only played 3 though as he was ineligible one least one was at Prep instead of doing his “senior” year in his 5th year of HS ball he “re-classes” back to his original year...
    which of the kids are you referring to?

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    As for Thornton - he was also “old”:

    Before he reclassified, Thornton was ranked No. 11 overall in the Class of 2016 by ESPN. He ended up ranked the 17th-best player in the 2015 class, and the Blue Devils are especially excited about his abilities on the defensive end of the floor.

    And because he repeated third grade for reasons unrelated to athletics, Thornton is 18, the age of most freshmen. Freshmen Chase Jeter and Brandon Ingram both are younger than he is despite spending four years in high school.

    *Graduating early*

    Most high school juniors are not in a position to graduate in three years and qualify at an NCAA Division I school. But Thornton didn’t go to a typical high school.

    Findlay Prep, his alma mater in Henderson, Nev., is a boarding school composed only of the members of the school’s basketball team (last season, there were 11 of them).

    They attend classes at Henderson International School, about 20 miles from Las Vegas. The school has about 400 students in its pre-K through eighth-grade levels, according to Findlay Prep coach Andy Johnson.

    Its high school is made up entirely of the basketball team, which lives in two dorms about five minutes from campus.

    Unlike Thornton, it takes most players four years to graduate.

    “Our goal here, that we strive for every year, is for our guys to go into college as sophomores and not freshmen, where they are getting college-level practices, getting weights every day, going on the road playing top competition every game, living away from their families and homes, making that transition,” Johnson said. “So when they go into college, they’ve kind of already done college, their freshman year, at the high school level.”

    The curriculum at Findlay calls for only NCAA core classes: English, math, natural, physical and social science classes (foreign languages count, too). NCAA athletes must take 16 core classes in high school to qualify to play at the Division I level, and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA and possibly higher, depending on their SAT/ACT scores:

    ▪ Four years’ worth of English

    ▪ Three years of math at the algebra 1 level or higher

    ▪ Two years of natural/physical science

    ▪ An additional year of one of the above categories

    ▪ Two years of social science

    ▪ Four additional years of English, math, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy

    Thornton transferred to Findlay Prep in 2013 after his freshman year at the more traditional Sierra Canyon High, a private school outside of Los Angeles. After that year and two years at Findlay not wasting time with electives, Thornton was in a position to finish his core classes this past summer after his junior year and join a high-level college basketball program this fall.

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