2 of the top ranked players in America Jalen Green & Isaiah Todd has picked the G-League route instead of the conventional college route. While they are not the first to choose professional over college. These 2 players will a part of the inaugural G-League select programs.
Brandon Jennings was the first to choose the overseas route back in 2008 when he chose to play in Europe over University of Arizona. Back in 2014 the top ranked guard Emmanuel Mudiay chose to play in China over the blue bloods. Last year top rank guards Lamelo Ball & RJ Hampton chose to play in the NBL in Australia. While Jalen Lacque choose to go to the G-League.
The new G-League select program is the first of its kind where it grooms elite high school prospects for the NBA while providing a 120k scholarship to go college. This team will be comprised of elite HS prospects and NBA veterans that provide mentorship. The team would play select games vs select G-league teams, National Teams, and Academies.
With 2 elite prospects on board who are the other prospects, what other prospects is the NBA targeting?
Kai Sotto 7’2 – A 7 foot big man from the Philippines would be a huge addition for the NBA. The Philippines country as a whole loves basketball like no other. Kai is already the face of basketball for the country and racking up millions of views on YouTube already. Kai is a very skilled player that is an excellent passer and play facing up or with his back to the basket.
Greg Brown 6’9 – The 6’9 player is the #1 recruit out of Texas known for his high flying dunks!
Chet Holmgren 7′ – The 7′ prospect is ranked in the top 2 in the class of 2021. At 7′ he is able to dribble and shoot like a guard.
Other players mentioned: Marjon Beauchamp, Che Evans, Kennedy Chandler, Jonathan Kuminga, Paolo Banchero