The NBA G League misplaced one in every of its prime targets on Friday, however the NBA’s growth arm, which is giving one-and-done prospects an choice in America past school, landed one other one on Tuesday.
5-star prospect Daishen Nix is decommitting from UCLA and becoming a member of Jalen Inexperienced and Isaiah Todd on the “choose group,” the G League introduced Tuesday, after one other prime recruit, Greg Brown, opted to go to school at Texas on Friday over going professional. The group, which can even embrace G League veterans, not affiliated with any NBA or G-League franchises.
“I’ve at all times identified that going to the G League was an choice, however studying extra about it and listening to extra issues about it’s why I selected it, it was the most suitable choice for me,” Nix instructed 247Sports activities.com. “I heard the talks in early November, however over time it simply modified my opinion and the place I need to go.”
The G League is paying highschool recruits as much as $500,000 for one 12 months of coaching and enjoying in upwards of 25 video games as a substitute of attending school. Inexperienced hadn’t picked a college on the time of his choice – he would’ve chosen Memphis, the expert wing mentioned, if he determined to go to school – whereas Todd was dedicated to Michigan. The assumption is the G League wish to add two extra gamers. The 6-foot-5 Nix, a Las Vegas native, is ranked 15th within the senior class by 247Sports activities.com. His deal is within the vary of $300,000, The Athletic reported.
G League president Shareef Abdur-Rahim instructed The Submit final week this new group shouldn’t be considered because the NBA difficult school, however that it’s providing a unique path to children who need to begin their skilled clock proper out of highschool.
“The couple of gamers that probably will take a look at this selection are children that have been searching for different alternatives, to do one thing apart from school basketball,” he mentioned.
In fact, two of the three gamers have been dedicated to high schools, earlier than being swayed by the G League cash.