LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The website is coast2coastpreps.com. They rank basketball recruits. This week the site released the Top 25 rankings for the Class of 2025. Kids who just finished the second grade.
Jakobi McRoberts, who is home schooled here in Louisville, and Cole Edelen, who will be a third grader at Dunn Elementary, made the list.
"I was actually surprised, because I think I worked hard and I think I should have got a better ranking," Cole said. He's ranked #16.
Jakobi, who is originally from Ethiopia, is ranked #11.
"I was shocked, I was excited," McRoberts said.
They play for Go Hard in the Paint, an Amateur Athletic Union program started five years ago by Cole's dad, Danny Edelen, and James Schooler. "They start younger and younger, trying to detect talent and I just think it's the way of times," Schooler said. He is also the head basketball coach at Fern Creek High School.
Go Hard in the Paint has 22 teams, including eight that travel nationally. They have a total of 378 kids.
"What we try to teach our athletes, just to be, to have humility, to understand the business of basketball," Schooler added. "That you could be ranked in 2nd grade, but you must continue to work hard everyday in order to stay there."
Cole says he now has target. "I'm trying to get top 10 or top 5."
It is not unheard for college coaches to offer scholarships to kids as young as 8th grade. That might be a few years away for these two, but Jakobi has a favorite.
"I'm gonna go to Kentucky, it's done, yeah, I'm going to Kentucky," Jakobi said.
Will he be a one and done player in Lexington?
"Yeah, one and done," he said, quickly adding, " I don't even know what that means."
They still have a few things to learn about the process, but then again, they're 8.
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