The recently reclassified 6-foot-6 2014 forward Kyle Kuzma, the most well-traveled high school player I’ve ever seen, threw his former conference and Flint basketball under the Greyhound on his way to prep school in California.
Burton Bentley star Kyle Kuzma has followed a recent hoops trend by transferring to La Jolla Prep Basketball Academy near San Diego, Calif. His eligibility status has also been reclassified to the class of 2014 – which isn’t allowed by the Michigan High School Athletic Association.
Kuzma would have graduated in 2013 if he had stayed in Michigan.
“If I would’ve went back to Bentley this year I probably would’ve dominated the (Genesee Area Conference Blue) because the league is really weak, so I wanted better competition,” Kuzma said. “I also wanted to play against better players and get more college looks. The competition in the Flint area has been going down for high school basketball and the Flint teams mixed with the overall crime rate of the city is really tough.”
A couple things: It’s a little weak to clown the conference that put you and your numbers on the map. Also, it’s odd that his former class (2013) is probably the best in Flint in a decade and yet he cites the weakness of the competition. That’s fine if you want to go on diminishing your former conference, but don’t lump other conferences in with it.
Somehow the competition level is good enough for Monte Morris, Denzel Watts and JD Tisdale. Go figure. And if better competition was the goal, why drop down to play U-16 ball in the summer?
If Kuzma really is still growing, he may end up as a D-1 player; heck, he could end up being an impact player at that level (he can shoot the heck out of the ball from 3-point range). That being said, there’s a right way and a wrong way to take the prep school route: Just say you’re looking for a better opportunity.
Or, try to put up GAC numbers in the SVL.