There are plenty of NBA hopefuls to have attend Kobe Bryant's Nike Skills Academy in the past.
Some of those players never make it to the league, and some carve out very serviceable careers and spend a lot of years there.
But every now and then, a star emerges from those camps and takes the NBA by storm. In 2007, there were several of those on the rosters of Bryant's camp, per Kevin Ding of Lakers.com.
Check out this (crumpled) roster I found from 2007 and the first Nike Kobe Skills Academy—and how many of those kids, including little-hyped @StephenCurry30, are now deep into their NBA careers. #Ko8be24 pic.twitter.com/7L4M3i0KrW
— KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) December 18, 2017
Some of those names on that roster are incredible. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson now play together on the Golden State Warriors. At the time, neither of them probably even though of the possibility of that happening, let alone the duo one day becoming the Splash Brothers and winning NBA titles.
Then you have the mercurial Lance Stephenson and DeMar DeRozan, who has said repeatedly that Bryant is his idol. It's also incredible that Tyreke Evens was there as well.
Other guys on this roster spent some time in the NBA, such as Xavier Henry, Chase Budinger and Gerald Henderson, who plays on a roster now.
Looking back at players when they were younger is always interesting. Maybe Bryant saw something from those players in that camp and he knew some them would end up ruling the NBA.
We may never know.