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Mike Foster will remain in the Class of 2021 and won’t reclass
By ADAM ZAGORIAMike Foster, the 6-foot-10 Class of 2021 power forward from Hillcrest Prep (AZ), won’t reclassify and will remain in his current class.
“I’m definitely gonna be at Hillcrest next season,” Foster told SI.com. “I’ve got other goals that I want to accomplish with GEICO Nationals and individual goals so I’m not going to be moving up to 2020.”
Several schools have “inquired” about the possibility of Foster, ranked No. 7 in the 2021 ESPN 60, reclassifying to 2020 and enrolling in college this fall, his mentor Chianti Claypreviously told ZAGSBLOG. The hitch is that because he just turned 17 in February, he won’t be eligible for the NBA Draft until 2022. NBA rules state a player must be 19 and a year removed from his graduating class in high school.
So whether he goes to college in 2020 or ’21, Foster is still two years away from the Draft.
“The thing that’s holding up the reclass with Mike is he would have to stay in school two years,” Clay said.
Meantime, UCLA, Michigan, Illinois, Arkansas, Baylor, Georgia, Florida State are among those who have been in touch via Zoom and other calls.
Foster is currently working out in Milwaukee.
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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.