High School Basketball

San Joaquin Memorial star Jalen Green is transferring to prep school in Bay Area

San Joaquin Memorial High basketball star and predicted future NBA No. 1 draft pick Jalen Green won’t be back in Fresno for his senior season.

The junior guard is transferring to Prolific Prep in Napa and will enroll for classes there next week, his mother, Bree Purganan, said Thursday.

“We finally decided it’s my senior year and with the dreams that I want to go to and what I want to accomplish, Prolific is going to get me ready for it,” Green said. “Why not after the season when we got that back-to-back Valley championships, might as well go and move on now.”

In three seasons at San Joaquin Memorial, Green broke the school career points record previously held by Roscoe Pondexter who totaled 2,288 points from 1968-71, according to Central Section historian Bob Barnett. Green finishes with 2,291 points at Memorial.

He is a five-star recruit for the 2020 class with numerous offers to choose from. And NBA Draft Room predicts Green will be the No. 1 pick in 2021, presuming Green will spend just one season in college.

Green said of his move, “It’s the best decision for any athlete to go to a prep school if they want to go to a good college and the NBA. That’s the best decision if they want to progress in their game and develop their crafts ... things you’ll see at the next level.

“I’m just looking to get bigger, stronger and faster and my IQ higher. Better competition and work on my half court game and my shot development a little bit more. The whole getting bigger and stronger and faster is going to come with defense.”

At Prolific he’ll be a teammate with Nimari Burnett of Chicago, who was set to transfer to Memorial in 2017 before deciding to go to Prolific.

“That’s going to be exciting,” Green said. “We’ve been talking and he was supposed to come here and he went to Prolific and we’ve been in touch this whole time. I’ve been waiting for it and it’s finally going to happen.”

Green tweeted a thank you to all his supporters.

Panthers coach Brad Roznovsky wished Green well when he met with the player and his family.

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“Jalen and the family came to me and told me that this is what they were looking at doing,” Roznovsky said. “It was great to have him in our community for the last three years. A great kid who is a great student of the game. I’m honored that I got to coach him the last three years and I wish him the best.”

Prolific Prep is a basketball academy founded in 2014. It plays a national schedule outside the California Interscholastic Federation. It partners with Napa Christian High for academics.

Last year, Prolific Prep hosted Roseville’s Jordan Brown, who spent his senior season there before going to Nevada.

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Anthony Galaviz writes about sports for The Fresno Bee. He covers the Oakland Raiders, high schools, boxing, MMA and junior colleges. He’s been with The Bee since 1997 and attended Fresno City College before graduating from Fresno State with a major in journalism and a minor in criminology.