The NBA has made it clear that the idea of elite high school prospects going one-and-done in college isn’t in the best interest of the young men. That’s why the Association has set up an alternative route for these young kids.
The NBA and its minor league affiliate, the NBA G League, is now prepared to offer a $125,000 annual salary to elite-level high school prospects who decide to skip college ball.
“As part of a newly formed ‘professional path’ starting in the summer of 2019, the G League will offer ‘Select Contracts’ worth $125,000 to elite prospects who are at least 18 years old but not yet eligible for the NBA draft,” ESPN’s Jonathan Givony reported. “It will target recent or would-be high school graduates who otherwise would have likely spent just one season playing college basketball.”
The program will be “geared towards facilitating and accelerating their transition to the pro game,” G League president Malcolm Turner told ESPN.
This could very well create a divide between the NCAA and the NBA moving forward. The idea would be for youngsters to earn a living wage while playing in a league that boasts more pro-ready talent than college basketball. The coaching would also be geared to their advancement in pro basketball. Said players would then be eligible for the NBA Draft after one season in the G League.