National Basketball Association G League To Offer $125K Contracts To Elite High School Stars

Aubrey Yates
October 20, 2018

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. In response, the NCAA formed the Commission on College Basketball, a 14-member committee chaired by Condoleezza Rice.

"We've tried to answer the basketball community's call for an alternative in a timely and thoughtful way", Turner said. They will receive a six-figure salary and benefit from the NBA's infrastructure.

These are questions that Turner says will be answered in the near future with the help of a soon-to-be-hired dedicated program manager who will oversee the G League professional path, as well as a working committee that will tackle many of these tasks.

The G League has allowed 18-year-old players in the past, but never before under any elite designation.

"We appreciate the NBA's decision to provide additional opportunities for those who would like to pursue their dream of playing professionally", NCAA president Mark Emmert said in a statement.

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The G-League will now offer a $125K contract to any 18-year-old who wishes to skip out on college and go straight into the National Basketball Association.

Given the significant difference in physical maturity and experience, G League Select prospects could be risking their draft stock while their peers face NCAA competition.

Players can sign letters of intent to play for a Division I school in the 2019-20 season starting next month, and there's nothing to suggest that some of the top recruits - whether they've signed or not - won't consider going to the G League for $125,000 instead of college next season. But it is preparing to offer select prospects a more lucrative avenue than college.

Many important details are still yet to be decided, including the way in which elite prospects are identified, pursued and then assigned to G League teams. In reality, it's likely a move that will completely begin in 2020 at the earliest with few players having made commitments to colleges that far out. Of the 35, only five scored more than 10 points in their first game.

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