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The School

Whoever thought professional basketball doesn’t invade school athletics clearly has never heard of the NCAA. The National Collegiate Athletic Association is Eighth Grade an organization for college athletes, but as Netflix’s new movie Amateur shows, it can reach far beyond college to high school and sometimes even middle school. Amateur follows the journey of Terron Forte, an eighth grade basketball player, who is recruited by the exclusive prep school, Liberty, as a direct path towards the NCAA. Liberty from Netflix’s Amateur isn’t a real school, but its shady ties to the NCAA illustrate a very real problem.

In Amateur, Liberty Prep is not only home to a prestigious basketball program, it’s also an elite private school. The actual academy in the film doesn’t actually exist, Roma but the combination of NCAA recruitment sports and private preparatory schools is actually quite common. Schools like Oak Hill Academy and Notre Dame Preparatory School are famous for producing NBA stars. And it’s likely that writer-director Ryan Koo created Liberty as a sort of amalgamation of the many private institutions currently being used as ground zero for NCAA recruitment.

Though he did not go into details, Koo has said he was inspired by the kind of exclusive schools and basketball programs he grew up around in Durham, North Carolina. Extinction “There are a lot of good basketball schools there and a lot of NBA stars got their start playing for some of the smaller schools in that area,” he said in an interview with Life & Times. “That was the background in why I was interested in it, and that was… my starting point for doing the research.”

Duration: 86 min


IMDb: 4.6

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The School