Jonathan Givony of ESPN reports that the G League will now offer selected "elite prospects" a raised salary of $125,000 a year to use their one season of ineligibility after high school to play with a G League team.
In theory, select players will also be free to hire agents and pursue marketing deals from sneaker companies. The idea would be for youngsters to earn a living wage while playing in a league that boasts more pro-ready talent than college basketball. But it's not hard to imagine a player like former KU forward Cliff Alexander signing a Select Contract, taking the money and trying his hand in the G League before entering the draft and less likely that future Top 5 picks and multimillionaires Andrew Wiggins and Josh Jackson would go this route. It will be interesting to see how this impacts everyone, from the NCAA to the National Basketball Association to the G League, involved.
As reported by ESPN, the NBA's developmental G-League is creating a development pathway for the single season many elite recruits spend between high school graduation and their eligibility for the NBA Draft.
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The NBA has made it clear that the idea of elite high school prospects going one-and-done in college isn't in the best interest of the young men.
The coach came out against the G League proposal even before it was announced, saying at SEC Basketball Media Days in Birmingham on Wednesday he could read the tea leaves.
The offering will essentially take the place of the one-and-done system many take issue with, including those on the Commission on College Basketball.
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The one-and-done rule is expected to be eliminated by 2022, allowing players to jump right from high school to the National Basketball Association. "We believe this is a thoughtful and responsive answer".
These are questions that Turner says will be answered in the near future with the help of a soon-to-be-hired dedicated program manager who will oversee the G League professional path, as well as a working committee that will tackle many of these tasks. Contracts are not available to players who have gone through an National Basketball Association draft, the league stated in its news release.
"So when all these kids go to the G League and 93 percent, my guess, tea leaves, don't make it, what do we do with them?"
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