National Basketball Association will offer big money to lure top players away from NCAA

2015 NBA Draft class

2015 NBA Draft class

The opportunity for said prospects will include "Select Contracts" worth $125,000 beginning in the summer of 2019 to elite prospects who are at least 18-years-old but not yet draft eligible.

There is no determination yet on how players will be identified as potential targets for such a contract. Beyond that, the only requirement is that a player must be 18 by September 15 of the season they would play and, in the case of prospects older than 18, can not have gone through an NBA Draft in the past.

NCAA president Mark Emmert said the G League's plan could be a viable option for some prospects not interesting to go to college.

"We've tried to answer the basketball community's call for an alternative in a timely and thoughtful way", Turner said.

Through its unique new partnership with USA Basketball, the NBA will have a captive audience of America's most elite prospects during the NCAA Final Four in April and at the USA Basketball Junior National Team minicamp in October, where the G League will look to introduce this professional path to the many future NBA players in attendance, as well as their families, according to Turner.

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There is no age limit to being able to take up a "select contract", but a player can not be given one if they have already been through an NBA Draft. "The NCAA recently implemented significant reforms to support student-athlete success, including more flexibility when deciding whether to play professionally". That is important considering the long layoff between the end of a player's high school career in the spring and the start of the season in November.

It was a huge move that is likely to shake up just about everything in regards to young players and going to college.

The G League's working group is expected to be formed and functioning within the next couple of weeks, but it's unclear when the process of players contacting the league and vice versa will begin.

While the future of college basketball recruiting as we know it may be changing as a result of what comes from the three-week federal trial in New York City, the NBA's G League on Thursday announced a move that could change things even quicker. Of the 35, only five scored more than 10 points in their first game.

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