Oregon Target, 5-Star Men’s Basketball Prospect Jalen Green to Choose G League Route over College
Jalen Green will head to the “reshaped NBA professional pathway program” instead of college, ESPN’s Jonathan Givony and Adrian Wojnarowski report.
Green has offers from Oregon, Auburn, Memphis and Florida State, according to 247sports.com.
The program, a G League initiative, will pay “elite prospects $500,000-plus” while also providing a “one-year development program outside the minor league’s traditional team structure.”
The top prospect in ESPN’s Top 100 would become the first player to choose the professional pathway over college.
According to Givony and Wojnarowski, “NBA commissioner Adam Silver and G League president Shareef Abdur-Rahim have worked to eliminate two massive hurdles to convincing players uninterested in college basketball to pass on the lucrative National Basketball League of Australia by providing a massive salary increase and a structure that doesn’t include playing full time in the G League.”
ESPN also reports, “Green represents a massive breakthrough for the NBA’s long-standing goal of gaining access to top prospects who want an alternative to the NCAA.”