Jalen Green, a five-star rookie and true contender to be the first choice in the 2021 NBA Draft, announced Thursday that he would bypass college basketball to enter the NBA Development League.
Green, a guard from Merced, California, made the announcement during the live broadcast on his Instagram account. He is ESPN’s # 1 Hope in 2020 high school class.
According to a report by Chris Hayes of Yahoo Sports, the G League will create a “selected team” with a few spots reserved for high-profile high school kids who want to play professionally right away instead of following the NCAA.
The AthleticShams Charania Reports the “Select Team” will be launched in southern California.
According to Adrian Wojnarowksi of ESPN, the “Select Team” is part of the reshaped NBA career path program that allows future elite high school students to earn more than $ 500,000 in a one-year development program.
Another five-star rookie, Isaiah Todd, would also join the G League team in southern California. Todd disengaged from Michigan on Tuesday.
Green’s decision rests with the G League or one of two colleges: Memphis or Auburn. He told Hayes that he would have chosen Memphis if he had gone university, but that eventually becoming a professional felt good.
“I wanted to improve overall and prepare for the NBA because that is my ultimate goal,” said Green to Hayes. “Everything was well planned and put in place for me to succeed. I think it was a good decision at the end of the day.
“I’m still going to be able to go back to college and finish school. So it’s not really that I miss college because I can go back and finish when I need to. School is an important thing in my family. “