Kanye West is expanding his fashionable music empire toâ€¦ a prep school in Southern California to rival neighboring Sierra Canyon high school.
West reportedly opened a prep school in Simi Valley, Calif. (30 minutes outside of Los Angeles) and focused on building a high school prep team to compete with the stacked Sierra Canyon Trailblazers.
Donda Academy in West to be supported by Adidas and has already landed Jalen hooks, a 6ft 7in junior from Indiana with offerings from Kansas, Michigan State, Purdue, Illinois and more.
“It’s just one of those things you can’t let go”, Hooks told Kyle Neddenriep of the Indianapolis Star. â€œIt was also more of a family decision. We all felt it was a chance to reach my full potential, grow and prepare for college.
A five-star junior also joins Hooks Robert Dillingham outside of North Carolina. Dillingham is a privileged lean from North Carolina and holds other offerings from Texas, Memphis, Tennessee and more. Other players linked to the new Donda Academy preparation team are Jahki Howard out of Georgia and five stars Zion-Cruz outside of New Jersey.
No head coach of the team has yet been named.
Kanye West is personally recruiting for the Donda Academy; Staples Center game in the works
West also didn’t hesitate to recruit for his new prep team. Two prominent rookies told Yahoo Sports they were followed by West on Instagram and received direct messages from the rapper asking them to join his prep team.
“It’s crazy that he reached out,” a player told Yahoo Sports. “But he’s building a good team with players that I want to play with and it’s in LA at a good market, so that’s something me and my family have to think about.”
There are early rumors that a game between the Sierra Canyon powerhouse and Donda Academy is being staged at Staples Center in February. This could be an opportunity to see other five star prospects like Bronny, LeBron James’ son, and one of the best seniors in the country, Amari Bailey, hit the yard.
West was spotted at the Sierra Canyon Games in the past where he and his ex-wife, Kim Kardashian West and her sister, Kendall Jenner, have supported Scotty Pippen Jr. and other children of NBA royalty.
For West, it was in music, fashion and now high school basketball that he chose to invest. For elite high school basketball players, they now have plenty of optionsâ€¦ including Donda Academy in West.