NBA Draft prospects are highly scrutinized, and among the metrics most closely looked at is age. Wake Forest forward Jake LaRavia found that 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 Nov. 3, 2001, which makes him 20 years old, was being listed as a 22-year-old. Even Google was showing his age as 22.
“I didn’t really know about the whole age thing and how that plays a huge role (in how NBA executives value prospects), but it actually plays a big role in this process,” LaRavia. “I was getting a bunch of people hitting me up like, ‘Jake, you’re 22?’ So, I looked it up on Google, like, ‘How old is Jake LaRavia?’ and it said 22. I was like, ‘Alright, we gotta get this fixed.’”
Aaron Reilly, LaRavia’s agent, had to prove to the NBA that his client is, in fact, 20 years old. This proof may have changed his future as well.
Before the age change, LaRavia was listed as a mid-to-late second-round pick, with some even having him going undrafted. Now two years younger, many are projecting LaRavia in the first round, with picks as high as No. 20.
The mistake with LaRavia’s age has shown just how important age is to NBA teams when ranking their prospects. As one of the biggest risers in the draft process, LaRavia is showing that age is more than just a number.
LaRavia to go No. 26 to the Mavericks.