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Top High School Prospect Jalen Green Intends To Skip College And Play In NBA G League - Forbes

Jalen Green, the top uncommitted high school basketball prospect in America and the potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, has signed to play in the NBA G League next season instead of spending a one-and-done year on a college campus, he announced Thursday on multiple platforms.

The 6-foot-5 Green, an explosive and charismatic combo guard out of Napa Valley (CA) Prolific Prep, is expected to earn in the neighborhood of $500,000 while playing for a “Select Team” in a specific city — possibly in Southern California — that will combine elite high school players who want to play professionally instead of going to college with older G League players, according to Yahoo Sports. The G League said Green’s new team “will be unaffiliated with any existing NBA G League franchise or NBA team.” The G League deal for Green who has signed with agent Aaron Goodwin, does not include any potential shoe deal he signs.

Five-star prospect Isaiah Todd, a 6-10 forward who decommitted from Michigan this week, will also join the new Southern California team in this new G League path, according to The Athletic.

Forbes SportsMoney first reported Tuesday that sources said Green, ranked the No. 3 prospect in the Class of 2020 by 247Sports.com, was headed to the G League instead of attending Memphis, Auburn or another school. Green told Yahoo’s Chris Haynes he would have chosen Memphis had he gone the college route.

“I wanted to get better overall and prepare myself for the NBA because that’s my ultimate goal,” Green told Yahoo Sports. “Everything was planned out right and set up for me to succeed. I think this was a good decision at the end of the day. I’m still going to be able to go back to college and finish school. So, it’s not really that I’m missing out on college because I can go back and finish whenever I need to. School is a big thing in my family.”

Former NBA star Shareef Abdur-Rahim is the President of the G League.

“We’re thrilled to welcome a player and a person of Jalen’s caliber to the NBA G League,” said Abdur-Rahim in a statement. “He represents the next generation of NBA players, and we couldn’t be more excited to have him develop his professional skills in our league. Jalen will learn from an NBA-caliber coaching and player development staff as he begins his professional basketball journey in the NBA G League.”

Marcus Greene, Jalen’s stepfather, told Forbes on Tuesday that “Everything is an option.”

The average G League salary is $35,000 and Green will make significantly more than that.

“Of course, the money is better than an average G League contract,” Marcus Greene told Yahoo. “This is an opportunity to develop for the next level and to show other kids alternative ways to develop your own career and brands.”

The NBA announced in October 2018 that beginning in the 2019-20 season select players would be able to earn $125,000 to play in the G League for a year before entering the NBA Draft.

By playing in the G League instead of the Australian NBL — which this year featured former American high school stars LaMelo Ball and R.J. Hampton — Green would not have to leave the country during the coronavirus pandemic. Both Ball and Hampton are projected lottery picks in this year’s NBA Draft, which may not happen until August or September.

Green, who turned 18 in February, is the projected No. 2 pick in the 2021 Draft, per ESPN.com. He was selected this season for the trifecta of top all-star games, the McDonald’s All-American Game, the Jordan Brand Classic and the Nike Hoop Summit. All were canceled due to the pandemic.

Green had said multiple times that he wanted to attend college instead of going pro.

“I’m thinking about college and college only,” he said in January at the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass. “I’ve been [hearing] that I’m going pro, this and that, no that’s not the case. I’m going to college.”

Green said high school players who opt to go pro do so “if they want to chase the money,” and he instead wants to play in the NCAA Tournament. “I want to play on a big stage,” he said.

Only a couple of players have planned to go straight from high school to the G League, including onetime Syracuse commit Darius Bazley in 2018 and Latavious Williams in 2009.

Bazley—who eventually decided against going to the G League and instead did an internship with New Balance—became the No. 23 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, and was averaging 4.5 points and 3.7 rebounds for the Oklahoma City Thunder before the season was suspended.

In the G League, Green will be competing against grown men in their 20s and 30s, which would be more challenging from a physical standpoint. If he commands a six-figure salary as expected, he could also become a target for older players who don’t make nearly as much.

“I’m not going to say it’s more physical than the N.B.A., but I just feel like it’s tough in the G League because everybody is trying to get to the next level,” Fuquan Edwin, who plays for the Toronto Raptors’ development affiliate, Raptors 905, told me in 2018 for The New York Times NYT.

Green might be exposing himself somewhat by playing against grown men in the G League, but he could also excel and impress NBA decision-makers with his high-flying athleticism and all-court game.

“There are a lot of different paths to becoming a professional basketball player,” ESPN draft guru Jonathan Givony told NJ Advance Media. “You can go to the G League, you can play professionally overseas, you can go to college.”

This post has been updated.



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