Report: G League ready to pillage college talent, leave NCAA for broke
The NBA G League has already reached out to a bevy of prospects of the 2021 class, hoping to convince them to opt to play professionally instead of joining the college ranks in the NCAA, according to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports.
Aaron Torres of FOX Sports Radio concurred with the report, noting the G League had been doing this before nabbing No. 1 prospect Jalen Green last week.
Shortly after Green made waves by choosing to go pro and play for a new G League team in construction, No. 13 prospect Isaiah Todd, a 6-foot-9 power forward, joined him after decommitting from Michigan.
The G League has been steadfast and aggressive in recruiting talent, as it now stands as the NCAA’s No. 1 enemy. Prospects like LaMelo Ball and RJ Hampton had chosen to go overseas to pursue opportunities last year, but the G League has grown determined to keep talent in the United States — raising compensation and incentives for kids hoping to go the pro route.
Other high-level prospects in 2020 like Makur Maker (the younger brother of NBA big man Thon Maker), Karim Mane, and Kai Sotto could be candidates for this G League initiative as well.
Greg Brown, the No. 9 prospect and the lone remnant of the top 10 who has yet to decide on his future, could think twice before accepting a college scholarship and choose immediate riches over the tradition of college basketball.
Point guard Jalen Suggs (No. 5 in the ESPN 100 rankings), forward Ziaire Williams (No. 7), and guard Josh Christopher (No. 10) have given commitments but haven’t signed yet.