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Jalen Green jumps from high school straight to NBA G-League

Jalen Green jumps from high school straight to NBA G-League

Consensus top-three prospect Jalen Green out of Prolific Prep (Calif.) announced his decision to sign with G League, the NBA's minor league body, on Thursday, three days after MI signee Isaiah Todd announced he was going pro as well.

Yahoo Sports reported that Green will be a part of a "select team" in a yet-to-be-determined city with a few roster spots given to top high school prospects and a few veterans.

It remains to be seen what effect Green's decision will have on college basketball going forward, but with the G-League becoming a viable option for high school players to play professional out of high school and remain in the United States, one has to think that many will follow in Green's footsteps in the future.

Ever since 2018, the G-League opened its doors to prospects who are 18 years old and don't want or can not attend college with its Select Contract. As G League expert Adam Johnson notes, Green's decision is a huge coup for the league after all of last year's high school prospects passed up on the chance to play in the NBA's developmental program (Twitter link).

Green is expected to be one of the top picks of the 2021 NBA Draft.

The season could include 10 to 12 games against G League teams that wouldn't count in standings, sources said, but the primary objective will be assimilation and growth into the National Basketball Association on several levels - from playing to the teaching of life skills.

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Green told Haynes the league will pay for a scholarship if he decides to go back to school, a very smart addendum by Abdur-Rahim to convince prospects to join the G-League. LaMelo Ball and RJ Hampton signing in Australia accelerated these changes.

First, we should note that Jalen Green is not your average prospect.

Green, 18, helped Team USA to gold medals in the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup, 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup and 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.

G-League president Shareef Abdur-Rahim deserves a lot of credit for getting creative to convince high-level talent to sign up.

The new G League system quadruples the previous player salary ($125,000) and will provide financial incentives for participation in games, community events and life skills programs, according to ESPN. There was uncertainty about whether an affiliated team would be incentivized to develop me. You can't isolate any of that.

New on ESPN+: @DraftExpress, @BobbyMarks42 and I take a deeper look at what Jalen Green's decision means. The G-League is offering legal money - not under-the-table shoe deals - as well as superior professional development focused on the players specifically.

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