It’s straight to the G-league for hoops prospect Jalen Green.
The five-star recruit from Fresno took the long-awaited announcement to Instagram live on Thursday, where he was joined by Yahoo Sports and USA basketball.
“It’s been a crazy exciting journey for me and my family, a lot of opportunities have came, the ultimate end goal is to get to the NBA so with that being said I decided to partner with NBA G League’s new team for elite players.”
For the past several years, some of the top basketball colleges in the country had attempted to recruit him.
Recently, the NBA announced a new elite G League program that would pay players to spend at least one year in the G League for the professional pathway program. This initiative was launched after high profile recruits had begun skipping college and playing overseas.
Green, who was ranked as one of the top players in this year’s graduating high school class and is projected as a potential top pick in the 2021 NBA draft, is the first player to take this path, and analysts believe this can ultimately revolutionize the way elite basketball players chose between college and their career paths. On top of the salary, and potential endorsement deals, the g-league will also get green a college scholarship.
Several more prospects are expected to join Green.
“The main reason for this, I wanted to get better, and develop, a more better game, I want to work on my craft, get stronger like that so I can be more ready for the NBA, this is the best route to prepare myself.”
His decision was met with support form his colleagues including Memphis Grizzlies star JA Morant, as well as RJ Hampton, like him who decided to skip college to play professionally.
Green spent the day celebrating his announcement, even dropping by off the record with Migs Bustos, where he greeted his Filipino fans and discussed his next steps in preparing for his next level.
His new elite G League team is expected to play against some of the other G League rosters, possibly pitting green up against fellow Fil-Am Sedrick Barefield, who currently plays for the Oklahoma City Blue.
Like many athletes, Barefield has been patiently waiting for play to resume.
With gatherings, and sports season still on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. There’s no clear timetable as to when green will be able to take this next step in achieving his NBA dreams.