Golden State Prep to open next season

Following the model of Prolific Prep, post-grad program Golden State Prep will open next season.

The post-grad program, which will play games mostly in the Western part of the country, is geared toward players who might not be satisfied with their current offers or players who need more development without starting their college eligibility clock. This is referred to as a gap year (bridging the gap between high school and college). A third possible scenario could be a player who wants to develop for the NBA without having to go to college (for example Thon Maker). However, it is dependent on any upcoming changes in NBA and NCAA rules.

“The next wave is post-grad,” Prolific Prep founder Jeremy Russotti said. “It is an extra year of development without starting your clock.”

The program is expected to have a larger NorCal presence than Prolific Prep, which draws players from around the country and internationally. Russotti estimated 90 percent of the roster could be players from the region.

Ryan Sypkens will serve as the head coach. Sypkens was a standout at Franklin-Elk Grove and UC Davis.

Tryouts are set for April 7 from 12-2 PM at Napa Valley College.

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