LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s The Springhill Company has set a December premiere date for basketball documentary Gap Year, produced by SpringHill’s Uninterrupted in association with Slam & RTG Features.
Directed by T.J. Regan and Josh Kahn, Gap Year will examine the NBA’s “one-and-done” rule through the lens of rookie Darius Bazley (pictured), following him from high school graduation to the NBA Draft.
The rule stipulates players must be at least 19 years of age and have played at least one year of college basketball to be eligible for the draft.
Bazley was a consensus five-star recruit and the top prospect in Ohio, earning McDonald’s All American honors in 2018. He initially committed to Syracuse University but later chose to bypass college with intentions of joining the NBA G League, a decision that drew national attention.
After signing to Klutch Sports Group, he then chose an unconventional path with their strategic guidance and got the famous “Million-Dollar Internship” with the global athletic brand, New Balance, leading up to the 2019 NBA Draft.
Bazley was selected in the first round, and recently finished his rookie season with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Gap Year includes interviews with Bazley’s agent and Klutch Sports Group founder Rich Paul, ESPN’s Jay Williams and Jay Bilas, NBPA executive director Michele Roberts, New Balance global marketing director Patrick Cassidy, rapper Dave East and others.
The film will be available for purchase and rental Dec. 1 via most streaming services. 1091 Pictures is handling distribution.
In June, James and Carter united SpringHill Entertainment, The Robot Company and Uninterrupted to create the global consumer and entertainment brand The SpringHill Company.
The company has recently partnered with CNN on a documentary about the history of Black Wall Street and the Tulsa Massacre of 1921.