Scouting the Next Generation: The NBA is finally embracing high school talent 

Cooper Flagg
Cooper Flagg / Stu Boyd II-The Commercial Appeal / USA

Allowing NBA teams to attend high school showcases could profoundly impact the landscape of professional basketball. High school showcases are events where the top high school basketball players gather to showcase their elite skills in front of college scouts and coaches.

Allowing NBA teams to attend these showcases would allow teams to evaluate and identify talent at an earlier stage. This could lead to more accurate scouting and drafting decisions, as teams would have a chance to observe and assess players' abilities and potential before entering college.

Additionally, it would create a pathway for talented high school players to bypass college altogether and directly enter the NBA if they are deemed ready and capable. This would not only benefit the players, who would have the opportunity to start their professional careers earlier, but also the NBA, as it would have access to a larger pool of talent and potentially more exciting and skilled players entering the league.

Allowing NBA teams to attend high school showcases could revolutionize the world of professional basketball.

The Nike EYBL Scholastic Showcase Games in Las Vegas is a highly anticipated event for NBA teams and basketball enthusiasts alike. As the first major event for NBA teams to attend, the showcase brings together some of the most promising young basketball players from across the country, creating an intense and competitive environment.

With NBA scouts, coaches, and executives in attendance, the stakes are high for these athletes to showcase their skills and potential. The featured top prospects, Cooper Flagg and Johnson are set to compete against each other to represent Montverde Academy and Link Academy in that order.

The 2023/24 season's list of high school events has been approved by the NBA. Below is a breakdown of the endorsed events:

- Las Vegas, NV will be hosting the Nike EYBL Scholastic Showcase Games on December 8-9.

- Bradenton, FL is slated to hold the Sunshine Prep Showcase at IMG Academy from December 14-17.

- The Tarkanian Classic is set to take place in Las Vegas, NV from December 15-21.

- From December 18-23, Fort Myers, FL will be the venue for the City of Palms Classic.

- Springfield, MA will host the HoopHall Classic from January 11-15.

- The Throne National Championship will be held in New York City, NY from March 28-31.

- Brownsburg, IN is the designated location for the High School Boys Basketball Nationals on April 4-6.