It was only a matter of time. The G-League is about to get the Nation’s top High School talent. Why not? They offer everything the NCAA doesn’t.
With Jalen Green going to the NBA G-League, and with an extended offer to another top prospect, Greg Brown, the NBA G-League is quickly becoming the destination of many of the elite players throughout the country.
The current “1 and Done” Rule is the main reason the best players in the land are attending the Alma Maters of our beloved schools. The NBA, it’s players, and the NCAA collectively bargained this rule until 2022. Similar to the NFL mandating a persons eligibility after 3 years post high school graduation.
We have seen top talent like RJ Hampton, LiAngelo Ball, Brian Bowen, etc. travel across the pond to play in Europe, New Zealand, and Spain for a year. Preparing them to be professionals before entering the NBA draft. Yes the NCAA does that, but the difference is the NCAA doesn’t pay their athletes. They offer a free education. The NCAA has made it clear will NEVER pay student athletes. So a lot of these kids, whom a free education isn’t the route they want to go, are bypassing the NCAA altogether. Opting for Europe. Until now.
The current NBA G-League has been up and running since 2017-2018. Now these kids don’t have to go to Europe to play professionally after high school. The NBA G-League doesn’t have the “1 and Done” Rule on there books, and they are recruiting…hard!
SB Nation reported that upon inception, the NBA G-League Select program offered prospects a base salary of $125,000 over the course of a five-month season. That number for top prospects is now thought to be in the range of $500,000, inclusive of incentives and sponsorship opportunities. The league has made offers more competitive relative to what a player can make to attend college or play professionally...
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