The newly launched BET Studios has announced a partnership with NBA agent Rich Paul and KLUTCH Sports Group to present an original documentary series KLUTCH Academy.
Executive produced by Paul, his KLUTCH Originals banner, Kenya Barris, and the creative team behind the award-winning docuseries The Last Dance, Mike Tollin and Jon Weinbach, the five-part unscripted series will premiere on Nov. 23 at 11 PM ET on BET.
The series will follow six college basketball prospects who are preparing for their professional careers as they lead up to the NBA Draft and showcase how KLUTCH is more than an agency.
Athletes featured on the show include Brandon Boston Jr. (former University of Kentucky Forward), Kai Jones (former University of Texas Forward), Jalen Johnson (Duke University), Moses Moody, Jericho Sims, Scottie Lewis, and the family of Terrence Clarke.
“These young men work their entire lives to get a shot at becoming a professional athlete, and at KLUTCH we invest the time and care to help them succeed not only as players, but as human beings prepared to meet all of life’s challenges,” said Paul. “It’s an honor to work with Kenya and BET to share our rookies’ powerful stories, and I’m excited for audiences to get a glimpse at the incredible work my team does every day to help athletes achieve and sustain success.”
KLUTCH Academy will give audiences a ‘courtside’ seat to the progression these young athletes undergo as they transition from college into the pros — from signing with an agent to training for pro-competition to Draft day anxiety and off-season preparation to managing personal relationships and the challenges young Black men in their unique circumstances face,” Barris said in an official press release.
“The show will also pay tribute to Terrence Clarke, who tragically passed away the day after signing with KLUTCH. The cast features a roster of talent who recently had their lives changed being drafted into the NBA.”
Watch the trailer for KLUTCH Academy below: