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"The Professor" on why he didn't play in the NBA: "No matter how well I played, the politics were never on my side"

AND1's "The Professor" failed to make it to the NBA but he is happy with what transpired after
Grayson "The Professor" Scott Boucher on why he never got to play in the NBA

The Professor

If you are born in the 90s and are fascinated by disrespectful crossover moves and sick passes, you have surely watched a ton of AND1 streetball mixtapes. And more likely, you are also very familiar with the name “The Professor.”

Born Grayson Boucher, “The Professor” established himself as one of the best streetballers in history by being a notable member of the famed AND1 streetball roster. While street basketball is in many ways different from professional basketball, many of us could be wondering why guys like “The Professor” did not follow in the footsteps of Rafer Alston a.k.a “Skip 2 My Lou” and pursued an NBA career.

The Professor reveals the shocking truth

According to the man himself, it’s a long story, but he likes to break down the reasons into “three things”- lack of credentials, politics, and passion for streetball.

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“First off, I never had the resume for the NBA,” Boucher said on his official Facebook page. “In order to play in the NBA without Division One NCAA college basketball in your resume or without Division One overseas basketball in your resume, it’s gonna be like impossible. I gave up my college eligibility as soon as I signed to play for money.”

“The second thing I’ll say is, the politics of the game were never on my side. 15, 20 years ago, when I was actually first getting on and trying to make the NBA, I played in some minor leagues (IBL and CBA). No matter how well I played, the politics were never on my side. The higher-ups in the NBA looked at streetball as like ‘not real basketball,’ like a bad thing.”

“The third thing that I would say, and this could come as a surprise to many, is that I wouldn’t accept an NBA contract right now. I like what I do because this thing isn’t even about money,” he continued. “It’s about inspiring and impacting the people and really just having a passion for what I do. And right now my passion is like to make dope a** videos for people.”

The tables have turned

Nowadays, “The Professor” said that streetballers have already found their niche in the sport. In fact, he alone has grown his fan base, and his work is now recognized worldwide. What’s even more interesting, some NBA players are now reaching out to him.

“It was way different back then,” he reflected. “I got NBA players asking me to train them now, I got friends who are coaches.”

It’s safe to say that we will never see “The Professor” play in the NBA. However, his story proves that not all hoopers dream of making it to the league. Because sometimes, passion beats prestige.

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