The NBA will soon go after elite high school prospects with a new “professional path” to the league, according to a new story on ESPN.com.
Beginning next summer, the NBA G League will offer contracts to graduating high school seniors who are: (a) potential one-and-done talents; (b) at least 18 years old; and (c) not yet eligible for the NBA draft. The contracts will be worth $125,000 and will provide an alternate road for young stars, rather than spending a season in college basketball.
This professional alternative would allow players to hire agents, pursue marketing deals, profit off their own likeness — all things the NCAA does not allow — as well as develop in an NBA system with several off-court programs available, including the use of NBA facilities and training.
G League president Malcolm Turner told ESPN they will not pursue any players who are already committed to college basketball programs; although, if a player were to decommit on their own terms, they could then be targeted.
Should a player choose to take this route, they will be restricted to playing only one season on a G League Select Contract. They would then become automatically eligible for the next year’s draft.