NBA draft prospects are highly scrutinized, and age is one of the most scrutinized metrics. Wake Forest striker Jake LaRavia found out the hard way.
After his declaration for the 2022 NBA Draft, LaRavia noticed that his age was being reported incorrectly in the media. The prospect, who was born on November 3, 2001, which makes him 20 years old, was listed as a 22-year-old. Even Google displayed his age at 22.
“I didn’t really know all about age and how that plays a huge role (in how NBA executives value prospects), but it actually plays a big role in this process,” LaRavia told BasketballNews. “I was getting a bunch of people hitting me like, ‘Jake, are you 22?’ So I Googled, like, ‘How old is Jake LaRavia?’ and he said 22. I was like, ‘Okay, we have to fix this.’
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Aaron Reilly, LaRavia’s agent, had to prove to the NBA that his client was in fact 20 years old. This evidence may also have changed his future.
Before the age change, LaRavia was on the list of second-round picks mid to late, with some even leaving him undrafted. Now two years younger, many are pitching LaRavia in the first round, with picks as high as No. 20.
LaRavia’s mistake with age showed just how important age is to NBA teams when ranking their prospects. As one of the biggest lifters in the draft process, LaRavia shows that age is more than just a number.
The Post projects LaRavia to go No. 26 at the Mavericks.
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