In 1996, two notable players made the jump from high school to the NBA. The first was Kobe Bryant, selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the 13th pick of the NBA draft, but traded almost immediately to the Los Angeles Lakers.
What did Kobe do after high school?
At Lower Merion High School, Bryant became a basketball star, breaking records and collecting trophies and honors. As a senior he was voted National High School Player of the Year by USA Today and Parade magazine.
Why did Kobe not go to college?
Lower Merion High School native and NBA icon Kobe Bryant has died after a helicopter crash near Los Angeles killed all five people on board, multiple sources told ABC News. … It was a daring move in that era, he was only the 6th player in NBA history to make the move, skipping college.
Did Kobe Bryant skip high school?
Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant skipped college when that was an option for high schoolers and entered the NBA draft in 1996.