'New Girl' Star, NBA's Baron Davis Team for Fox Comedy

Jake Johnson is an executive producer
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Baron Davis and Jake Johnson

Pro basketball player Baron Davis is getting into TV.

Fox has made a script commitment to a half-hour single-camera comedy loosely based on the life of the former Los Angeles Clippers/Golden State Warriors star from New Girl's Jake Johnson, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The semi-autobiographical comedy, to be written by Courtney Lilly (The Cleveland Show, My Boys), centers on a kid from South Central who receives a scholarship to attend a prestigious suburban school and has to find a balance between two very different worlds.

Davis, a two-time NBA all-star, will serve as an executive producer on the project along with Lilly, Kate Gordon and 20th Television-based shingle The Walcott Company's Max Winkler, Johnson and Mary Lee.

Johnson is repped by UTA, 3 Arts and Jackoway Tyerman. Lilly is repped by UTA and Shuman Company. Winkler is repped by CAA, Management 360 and Jackoway Tyerman.

Last development season, NBA all-star Dwyane Wade sold a semi-autobiographical comedy to Fox based on his best-selling book, A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball. This year, semi-autobiographical stories continue to be a trend: NBC recently made a script commitment to a half-hour comedy loosely based on stand-up comedian Sebastian Maniscalco's life.

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