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Wednesday / January 22.
  • 2020 five-star MarJon Beauchamp becomes latest to skip college for pro route

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    MarJon Beauchamp, the 6-foot-6 five-star shooting guard from Rainier Beach (WA), will become the latest elite high school prospect to forego college in order to pursue a professional career.

    Beauchamp plans to spend his senior season at Dream City Christian in Glendale, Ariz., before training with Frank Matrisciano and Chameleon BX in San Francisco for the 2021 NBA Draft. Matrisciano has been called “Hell’s Trainer.”

    Beauchamp had a final three of Alabama, Arizona and Washington before his latest decision, and recently visited Washington.

    “I’ll be training a full year and already moving like a pro and training like a pro and just getting my body right is the main priority for me, and I think it will be the best for me and the best route to go,” he said by text.

    According to 247Sports, Beauchamp is ranked as the No. 21 overall player in the Class of 2020 and the No. 1 player from the state of Washington.

    According to a release from Chameleon BX, their staff includes Bob Hill, Dave Joerger, Kim Hughes, Eddie Johnson, Josh Oppenheimer, Tom Sterner and Dean Demopoulos, all of whom have “extensive NBA and collegiate coaching experience.”

    “I’m genuinely humbled by all the interest and offers I received by some great schools,” Beauchamp said in a release. “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.

    Said his father: “Frank Matrisciano’s proven ability to transform athletes, combined with the skills training provided by his accomplished NBA coaching staff is simply a far better option for MarJon than a one-and-done year at college, or any of the other paths we considered before making our decision.”

    In recent months, top high school prospects R.J. Hampton, LaMelo Ball and Terry Armstrong announced they would play in Australia’s “Next Stars” program and compete in the Australian NBL.

    Kyree Walker, a top wing from Hillcrest Prep (AZ), is also considering going overseas, sources said.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.