California highschool star Jalen Green, the No. 1 prospect within the 2020 ESPN 100, is leaping a reshaped NBA skilled pathway program — a G League initiative that sources say pays elite prospects $500,000-plus and supply a one-year improvement program outdoors of the minor league’s conventional staff construction.
Inexperienced — a possible No. 1 total decide within the 2021 NBA draft — introduced Thursday that he’s bypassing school to turn out to be the skilled pathway’s first participant, a call that probably clears the way in which for extra commitments from elite prospects.
His determination to hitch the NBA and G League’s improvement program for the 2020-21 season has broad implications for the way forward for the NCAA and NBA landscapes. NBA commissioner Adam Silver and G League president Shareef Abdur-Rahim have labored to eradicate two large hurdles to convincing gamers bored with school basketball to cross on the profitable Nationwide Basketball League of Australia by offering an enormous wage improve and a construction that does not embody enjoying full time within the G League.
As soon as prime 2020 draft prospects LaMelo Ball and RJ Hampton selected to play professionally in Australia this year, Silver grew to become extra decided in pushing Abdur-Rahim to discover a monetary and basketball construction that enticed prime American prospects. Inexperienced represents a large breakthrough for the NBA’s lengthy-standing objective of having access to high prospects who need an alternative choice to the NCAA.
“That is an actual program that the NBL has,” Abdur-Rahim advised ESPN. “It is interesting. We now have children leaving the USA — Texas and California and Georgia — to go worldwide to play, and our NBA group has to journey there to scout them. That is counterintuitive. The NBA is the very best growth system on the planet, and people gamers should not go some other place to develop for 12 months. They need to be in our improvement system.”
The NBA’s talks stay stalled with the National Basketball Players Association on a settlement to finish the one-and-completed draft mannequin, leaving this revamped professional pathway program as a bridge to what’s believed would be the eventual elimination of the rule requiring American gamers to attend a year after highschool commencement earlier than getting into the draft.