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How Michael Foster Jr. is getting ready to 'shock a lot of people'

NBA greats Penny Hardaway and Rasheed Wallace are among those training Foster as he prepares for the NBA draft

MEMPHIS — Mike Foster is not your typical underdog story. 

In 2020-21, as a high school senior, he averaged 32.2 points and 18.4 rebounds for one of the top prep programs in the country. He was a teenage phenom and consensus 5-star recruit who had his own blog in Sports Illustrated and made his professional basketball debut in the G League at age 18.

It seems strange to talk about a high school superstar with the talent to start for G League Ignite becoming an under-the-radar prospect less than 12 months later. But that’s the arc that Michael Foster Jr. has seen his young career take as an NBA draft prospect.

I talked to him and several coaches about where Foster is in the draft process.

Foster, seen here at a predraft training session in Memphis earlier this week, has slimmed down from his previous playing weight. (Photo by Rafael Barlowe)

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