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Where each first round pick in 2021 NBA draft played high school basketball or overseas

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

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Top 2022 TE Jaleel Skinner transfers to IMG Academy

Top class of 2022 tight end recruit Jaleel Skinner is set to play his senior year at one of the premier programs in high school football.
It was announced on Monday that Skinner is transferring to IMG Academy to conclude his high school football career. Skinner has already arrived in Bradenton and is on IMG Academy’s campus for the beginning of preseason practices.
Skinner started his high school career at Greer High School in South Carolina. There, he played wide receiver, tight end and cornerback, earning 24 offers with his sophomore and junior year film

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Arch Manning concludes summer visit schedule with trip to Ole Miss

Five-star New Orleans (La.) Isidore Newman quarterback Arch Manning is wrapping up his summer visit schedule at a school he and his family are all too familiar with.
Manning arrived at Ole Miss on Monday for his final visit of the summer. The highly-touted quarterback prospect visited Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, SMU and Texas in June.
Lane Kiffin and his Ole Miss coaching staff started recruiting Manning as soon as they arrived in Oxford, which should come as absolutely no surprise considering Manning’s talent and his family’s history at the school

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Team Final beats Brad Beal Elite to win Nike EYBL Peach Jam championship

Team Final entered the 2021 Nike EYBL Peach Jam as the headliner of the biggest grassroots basketball event of the summer. Loaded with top 100 talent, including top 2022 recruit Jalen Duren, the Philadelphia-based AAU program traveled to Georgia as the heavy favorites to win a championship.
And they delivered on those expectations.
Powered by Duren, five-star center Dereck Lively II, four-star shooting guard Corey Floyd Jr. and four-star shooting guard Otega Oweh, Team Final defeated Brad Beal Elite by a final score of 64-61 to take home this year’s Peach Jam title

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Four-star LB Shawn Murphy commits to Alabama

Highly-touted 2022 linebacker Shawn Murphy announced his commitment to the Alabama Crimson Tide on Sunday.
Murphy picked Alabama over Florida, LSU, Ohio State and Penn State. The Virginia native picked up a whopping 45 offers throughout the course of his recruitment and is widely regarded as one of, if not the, best linebackers prospects in his class.
“Me and Coach Saban connected and caught up and made sure I knew everything I need to know about Bama and made sure I knew everything academically and football-wise,” Murphy previously told BamaOnLine’s Hank South after visiting campus. “He was very blunt and there was no lie with him

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Emoni Bates reveals Top 8

Emoni Bates is officially down to eight options as he works toward figuring out his basketball future after high school.
Bates released his top eight on Friday, including professional opportunities in the NBA G League, Overtime Elite and the NBL among his top options. Bates’ top college choices are Oregon, Memphis, Michigan State, Baylor and Miami. According to 247Sports Michigan State insider Justin Thind, though, the Spartans are no longer actively recruiting their former commit.
Bates has long profiled as a prospect who is set on taking his talents to the professional ranks straight out of high school

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Texas HS football coaching legend Todd Dodge retiring at end of 2021 season

One of the most successful high school football coaches in Texas history has decided that the 2021 season will be his last spending Friday nights on the sideline.
Austin Westlake head coach Todd Dodge announced Thursday that this upcoming high school football season will be his last as a head coach. Dodge led Austin Westlake to a perfect 14-0 record and a Texas 6A Division 1 state championship win over Quinn Ewers and Southlake Carroll last season.
The 2021 high school football season will be Dodge’s eighth at Austin Westlake. His tenure at the school has been an overwhelming success as the Chaps have gone 88-11 with two state titles under Dodge’s watch

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Mikey Williams signs NIL contract with Excel Sports Management

Mikey Williams has long had a massive social media following tracking his journey as an elite high school basketball recruit.
Now, he is preparing to cash in on the brand that he has built for himself.
Williams signed with Excel Sports Management to handle his name, likeness and image rights on Thursday, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
“The NIL rules provide a new opportunity for someone like me who has put in so much energy and effort into building a community,” Williams said in a statement issued to ESPN. “I am excited to be the first high school athlete to make this move