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BREAKING: Jalen Green bypasses college, will sign G League deal

Photo: FIBA

Photo: FIBA

Former Kentucky target Jalen Green is turning pro.

Ahead of Green’s official announcement ceremony, ESPN’s Jonathan Givony spoiled the news that the five-star senior will turn down his two college finalists – Memphis and Auburn – and sign with the NBA G League.

Green is considered a consensus top-three prospect in 2020, including No. 1 overall in the ESPN player rankings.

The G League approved new Select Contracts back in 2018 that would allow recruits to make $125,000 in a five-month season starting in 2019-20, though sources tell KSR that the updated number being thrown around with this current crop of talent is as high as $500,000 per season, including endorsements.

Aside from Green, five-star forward Isaiah Todd backed off of his commitment to Michigan this week and will explore his professional options, with a similar G League contract being a strong possibility. The league is also recruiting the likes of Makur Maker, Jalen Suggs, Greg Brown III, and Terrence Clarke, though the UK signee announced Wednesday morning he will not be taking the deal and will still head to Lexington later this year.

Kentucky was once seen as a top suitor for the 6-foot-5 guard out of Fresno, CA, though John Calipari and the UK staff backed off in the fall when it became apparent Clarke was a legitimate and likely option.

Now, Green will turn down Penny Hardaway and Bruce Pearl and begin his professional basketball career.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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26 Comments for BREAKING: Jalen Green bypasses college, will sign G League deal

  1. Cokely53
    11:12 am April 16, 2020 Permalink

    People keep doubting Cal when they don’t know the inside info. We’d be sitting empty handed right now.

    • mashburnfan1
      11:45 am April 16, 2020 Permalink

      We are empty-handed. We may have bodies but we have no idea how well every one on this team will perform next year, none. How many super hyped freshmen have come to college and been very underwhelming their freshman season. Only a handful have been superstars the past five years and we have to hope all of ours are Superstars. Even with that we have zero chance of the title before the season even begins, and for UK basketball that is sad but has been the case the past several years

    • CatsfaninFL
      12:14 pm April 16, 2020 Permalink

      Yet we still seem to be consistently in E8 and above… man those facts just burn don’t they? Poor Mashbum just hates it when we do well… almost like he’s not a fan. Go to cardchronicle where you can enjoy your buddies there.

    • LuckynKY859
      12:17 pm April 16, 2020 Permalink

      Mashburn, we have two top 5 prospects and you’re saying we are empty handed? I get we are losing a lot but Boston and Clarke are superstars who can play in the NBA today. We only need them to be superstars. The others just need to be role players and we will be fine.

    • Ez21
      12:42 pm April 16, 2020 Permalink

      And before he got here we had zero chance at a title any year.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      12:31 pm April 16, 2020 Permalink

      mashburnSoCalledFan, you have 0 credibility. Us regulars know you are not a UK fan. Most of us know Cal isn’t perfect, but you are obviously not a Cat fan.

    • CombatMedic_98
      1:30 pm April 16, 2020 Permalink

      The days we knew of College BBall are now gone…this G League needs disposed off…it is stealing away talent…

    • kentuckybackupplayer
      3:58 pm April 16, 2020 Permalink

      Mashbum, I love our number one ranked recruiting class that is empty by your standards. i guess everyone else will be emptier.

  2. Han
    11:29 am April 16, 2020 Permalink

    If he’s going G-league, no one should get upset that his big announcement was spoiled. He led on a couple programs for a while and they need to be able to move on.

  3. UKLugo
    11:32 am April 16, 2020 Permalink

    This kid was made for pro ball.

  4. catsfan1995
    11:46 am April 16, 2020 Permalink

    Cal knows what he’s doing… best of luck to Jalen! He’s a stud

  5. Larkin123
    11:49 am April 16, 2020 Permalink

    This is the best thing that ever happened to Kentucky

  6. Larkin123
    11:54 am April 16, 2020 Permalink

    Cala Perry was not going to win another title he was not going to have Lamb Jones Miller coming back or the Harrison group. Cal is actually not a bad coach. People will quickly find that out if he gets more grad transfers and two three year players. Cals Perry system has worked once. He made millions recruiting as he put it “the best of the best”. Not titles! There’s no reason cal can’t coach the way he did when he was young… bye bye. see yah wish u the best of the best!!!!

    • nocode96
      12:26 pm April 16, 2020 Permalink

      Wtf are you babbling about? This is the strangest comment I’ve seen here in a while.

    • kentuckybackupplayer
      4:01 pm April 16, 2020 Permalink

      were you in a coma in 2012, we won a title.

  7. JASUN74
    12:53 pm April 16, 2020 Permalink

    I hear you nocode. I couldn’t even read that stuff. Lmao. Anyway, mash tater is the dumbest sob to ever post here and is probably actually one of the writers trying to get clicks. If not , of course he’s a troll and definitely not a Kentucky fan. He pretended to be a Kentucky Football fan and lies about going to games! Worst poster in the history of this place. It’s all he has though and the only way he can tell his mom he has real friends! Lmao.

      2:17 pm April 16, 2020 Permalink

      I’ve long suspected that Mashburnfan is Drew just messing with us.

  8. JASUN74
    12:55 pm April 16, 2020 Permalink

    Also, that was pretty shiiity of the reporter for breaking the news before Jalen could. What a piece of trash to take that from kids. I’ve got to be first!!!! My god!

    • ClutchCargo
      1:21 pm April 16, 2020 Permalink

      I hear you on spoiling the announcement being a shiity move. But at the same time, if you’re going to create a big event like that when there is very little else going on, of course someone is going to find out and try for the scoop.

  9. dukehater71
    1:29 pm April 16, 2020 Permalink

    This is the future folks. The top 10 kids will end up doing this every year. There are so many kids who just don’t want to go to college so why force them. So why not just change the rule to allow them to leave for the NBA right out of high school. It would end all this nonsense. Then the players who stay and choose to go to college would be required to stay a minimum of 2 years. That way, college benefits and the NBA gets more mature players and reduce the flame outs.

    • ClutchCargo
      3:00 pm April 16, 2020 Permalink

      It’s the NBA’s rule, so they would have to change their rule for this to happen.

    • CrystalBall
      5:27 pm April 16, 2020 Permalink

      Kids are not “forced” to go to college.

    • dukehater71
      5:27 pm April 16, 2020 Permalink

      I know

    • CrystalBall
      11:24 pm April 16, 2020 Permalink

      Nice name.

  10. Bluehender
    6:44 pm April 16, 2020 Permalink

    Put the bong down Larkin..

  11. BobbyBlue
    7:40 pm April 16, 2020 Permalink

    Sounds more like Bourbon to me