August 1, 2019 / 5:18 PM / 2 months ago

Five-star recruit skipping college to train for NBA

Five-star recruit MarJon Beauchamp, a high school junior in Arizona, plans to pass on college to enter a training program designed to prepare him for the 2021 NBA Draft.

Beauchamp turned down multiple Division I scholarship offers, including Gonzaga, Texas, Arizona, Georgetown, USC, UCLA and others.

“I’m genuinely humbled by all the interest and offers I received by some great schools. Although they were tough to turn down, I believe the Chameleon BX program provides the kind of personalized attention I need to get my body and game properly prepared for pursuing my dream of a career in the NBA,” Beauchamp said in a press release Thursday.

The 6-foot-6 guard is 18 years old but the NBA minimum age and class requirement is not scheduled to end after his senior season. Beauchamp played his junior year last season at Rainier Beach (Seattle, Wa.) and is transferring to Dream City Christian in Glendale, Ariz.

Beauchamp will enter the Chameleon BX 12-month training program founded this year by trainer Frank Matrisciano. Matrisciano believes the NCAA, NBA G League and international competition are inadequate when it comes to preparing teenagers for the NBA and has a staff that includes former NBA coaches Dave Joerger and Bob Hill.

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