Kanye West is building a school that is apparently built on “finding the intersection between faith and the innovation of the future.” Located in California, the school is also described as being focused on “equipping students with an education that will last in the ever-changing world.”
Top-rated high-school basketball players Jalen Hooks, Robert Dillingham, and 2024 top-5 prospect Jahki Howard have all committed to transferring to Donda Academy.
Howard took to Instagram to make the transfer official, writing: “I will be moving to California and I will be transferring to Donda academy, I want to THANK YOU NORCROSS and the whole BLUE DEVIL FAMILY STILL WILL BE MY FAMILY.”
Kanye reportedly reached out via direct message and personally recruited them through Instagram.
According to Brandon “Scoop B” Jackson, adidas has partnered with its longtime collaborator to supply the academy with uniforms, as well as shoes and apparel.
There’s little to no official information available when it comes to the academy itself, but on its website, there’s an application form that can be filled in and submitted.
Kanye’s venture into basketball with Donda Academy marks a huge opportunity for players all over the United States. Early conversations surrounding a game between the academy and Sierra Canyon, where LeBron James‘ son plays, have already started. As of now, it seems as if it will take place at the Staples Center sometime in February.