Class of 2020 wing MarJon Beauchamp, the 24th overall prospect in the class according to the 247Sports composite ratings, has elected to skip college in order to prepare for the 2021 NBA Draft. After completing his senior year of high school, Beauchamp will instead sign with Chameleon BX, a personalized 12-month training program based in San Francisco.
The program was founded by Frank Matrisciano, a trainer who garnered a significant amount of public attention earlier this decade as the enigma known as “Hell’s Trainer.” He would always cover his face with a mask during interviews – even with programs like ESPN – and is best known for his training of Blake Griffin, an NBA star. He spent some time as the trainer of the Memphis Tigers from 2011 to 2014 before being fired, and then eventually opened up Chameleon BX.
Today we’re proud to announce 5-Star, High School class of 2020 standout, @Marjon32 will prepare for 2021 NBA Draft with Chameleon BX. Big things ahead for this elite athlete! We’re excited to help him fulfill all his dreams! Adapt, Overcome, Achieve! https://t.co/F60lkvkYng
— chameleonbx (@chameleonbx) August 1, 2019
Beauchamp’s father, JonMarc, cited Matrisciano’s history in player development as the driving factor behind their decision. According to PR Newswire, Beauchamp says that “the skills training provided by his accomplished NBA coaching staff is simply a far better option for MarJon than a one-and-done year at college.” The staff mentioned includes the likes of Dave Joerger, Josh Oppenheimer, Eddie Johnson, Bob Hill, and others with a vast amount of coaching experience at both the college and NBA levels.
Among the programs heavily recruiting Beauchamp, who averaged 16 points per game on 40% shooting on the AAU circuit, were Washington, Arizona, and Alabama. He follows in the footsteps of Darius Bazley and Mitchell Robinson as recent five-star prospects who skipped college to prepare for the NBA Draft, both of whom ended up as top-40 picks. It remains to be seen what will happen with Beauchamp, but if things work out, we could see Matrisciano’s Chameleon BX program become a more popular route among top high school prospects.