NBA Door Should Reopen for High Schoolers

NBA Door Should Reopen for High Schoolers

Five years ago this week, the NBA staged its final draft that included players who had just graduated high school.

Nine high schoolers were drafted, ranging from Martell Webster (sixth overall) to Amir Johnson (56th overall). Seven still are in the league, none of them just hanging on.

In 2004, eight players were drafted out of high school, including Dwight Howard, Al Jefferson, Josh Smith and J.R. Smith. Seven of the eight remain in the NBA.

In 2003, five high schoolers were drafted, including LeBron James and Kendrick Perkins. The latter was one of four NBA Finals starters who jumped straight to the league from high school

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