David West provides update on NCAA-alternative Historical Basketball League set to debut in 2020
Former NBA player David West has given the latest update on the Historical Basketball League — an alternative basketball league for up and coming college ballers.
Per Marc J. Spears of ESPN, the HBL intends to debut in 2020. It will pay its players $50,000 to $150,000 over the summer months. West is the league’s Chief Operating Officer while Ricky Volante is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer.
Two-time #NBA All-Star @D_West30 and his fellow executive members of the @hb_league offered an update and game plan today on their upstart professional college-aged basketball league paying $50K-$150K over the summer months that they plan to debut in 2020. pic.twitter.com/pMn1sCYl5q
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) July 22, 2019
In a recent interview with Brent Leary of Small Business Trends, West and Volate shared the details of the HBL. According to them, the target of the HBL is the 18-23-year-old college basketball players. The league will serve as an additional avenue of opportunities for the college prospects.
Apart from the salary, Volante shared that the players will be provided with five year guaranteed scholarships, which can be completed on a non-continuous base or on a continuous basis. They can also sign endorsement deals, get agents or attorneys, among other things. West offered a simplified version of what the HBL is all about in relation to its players:
And in the most simplified form is it’s just you have a student who has a summer job, right? So, these guys’ job is in the summer. Their job just happens to be basketball. In the fall, winter and spring, they are students where they are developing and training in an academic pursuit that fits their needs. And is best going to serve them as they look forward to their professional futures.
Indeed, the future of basketball stars is pretty much set. The HBL is another avenue for them to gain more experience and make some money along the way.