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Rod Strickland, G-League recruiting Kentucky signee Terrence Clarke with lucrative deal

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Kentucky will have to fight to keep one of its top basketball signees in the class of 2020.

Sources tell KSR that 2020 five-star guard Terrence Clarke is being recruited by the NBA G League – led by former UK assistant coach Rod Strickland – to bypass the college ranks and sign a professional deal.

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.

Clarke is included in a group of multiple high-major 2020 recruits such as Jalen Green, Jalen Suggs, Makur Maker, and Isaiah Todd being courted by the G League. Makur and Todd have already announced they would be bypassing college to go pro, while sources tell KSR that Green is also expected to do so when he makes his decision on Thursday afternoon.

Despite the news that the G League is doing its best to recruit Clarke, there is a cautious optimism within the Kentucky basketball program that the top-five prospect will follow through on his commitment and make it on campus for the 2020-21 season.

In fact, one source told KSR’s own Matt Jones that it remains “very likely” the Kentucky signee still ends up in Lexington.

“Just got a text from a source I trust a lot saying, “I still think it is very likely Terrence Clarke goes to Kentucky,”‘ Jones said in a tweet.

Sources tell KSR that the Kentucky coaching staff was in positive communication with the five-star signee regarding his future in Lexington in recent days.

Clarke, a 6-foot-7 shooting guard out of Boston, MA, is considered the No. 4 overall recruit and No. 1 shooting guard in the 2020 247Sports Composite Rankings.

The five-star guard announced his commitment to Kentucky back on September 14 before signing with the school on November 14.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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26 Comments for Rod Strickland, G-League recruiting Kentucky signee Terrence Clarke with lucrative deal

  1. deputy24-7
    1:02 am April 15, 2020 Permalink

    He’s gone! History has taught to never trust what a 18yr old says on any given day

    • TonyMontana
      1:20 am April 15, 2020 Permalink

      Keep in mind, the G-League probably sent this offer to every top-20 player. They’ve been trying real hard for the past 3 years and not one single player has chosen this route. It’s not worth it. Even with them increasing the minimum pay, it’s not worth it. If he wanted to go pro, he would’ve gone pro and went overseas for more money. When he committed he probably had a dozen offers from international teams. He’s BBN

    • JTHinton
      8:40 am April 15, 2020 Permalink

      If they upgraded the G League and made it a desirable league to play in (no buses/motels) kids would do it

    • ClutchCargo
      9:55 am April 15, 2020 Permalink

      History has taught me that no HS kid has taken one of these deals yet, and they have been trying for a couple of years now.

  2. TonyMontana
    1:14 am April 15, 2020 Permalink

    The G-League has recruited all of the top recruits since 2018 and has failed to land a single one. Going to the G-League would be detrimental to any player straight out of high school for many reasons. Even if the kid plays as good as Michael Jordan, he would be unable to be called up to the NBA. It’s just a 1-year contract and if you get hurt, you’re done. If the kid happened to want the money right now, he could just go overseas and make much more. In 2018 & 2019 a few players considered the G-League but opted to just train for a year and skip college. Of course a few others chose to go overseas like LaMelo and RJ Hampton. I assume this is what Isiah Todd and Jalen Green will be doing as well.

    If Clarke was looking to go Pro it’s a decision he already would have made and it would be overseas. Why would anyone want to play in empty arenas with nobody watching on TV? You wouldn’t be building your name or brand at all. The dudes in the G-League are fighting for their lives and their spot, they will be coming for you! And why is the NBA offering these high school kids money? You can play in the G-League but not the NBA? That’s so hypocritical and confusing. At least the shoe companies paid them to go to college. lol

    Also… why is Rod Strickland trying to steal college recruits? What the hell? That’s shady! These kids are already committed! That should be illegal. Well I guess it’s a business recruiting an employee…. but it still seems worse than what Adidas did.

  3. Han
    1:14 am April 15, 2020 Permalink

    If this could not happen, that would be great.

  4. Park
    1:18 am April 15, 2020 Permalink

    Wow, guess Strickland has some ill will over the way his time here ended. Would be a tremendous blow to next season if he doesn’t come.

    • damage_control
      1:38 am April 15, 2020 Permalink

      Or maybe he’s just doing his job by trying to recruit top level talent to the G-league?

    • Wilfred Smith
      6:16 am April 15, 2020 Permalink

      Didn’t he leave to join Coach O?

  5. brob324
    5:55 am April 15, 2020 Permalink

    Spare us Rod; don’t spoil the child…

  6. Bluebloodtoo
    7:04 am April 15, 2020 Permalink

    The G league is marketing correctly, but they can’t offer the same things that college can. College isn’t willing to give up all the money that comes with the television contracts. Colleges can’t have their cake and eat it too, but that’s what they are trying to do here. Horrible explanation, but some will get the point.

  7. Lyle Evans
    7:46 am April 15, 2020 Permalink

    I love this. Every development like this gets us closer to the day when the players can get paid based on free market economic factors. The NCAA’s farcical “amateurism” mask will be removed.

  8. kydrummer
    8:13 am April 15, 2020 Permalink

    Why didn’t they offer Whitney?

    • UKFanSC
      8:40 am April 15, 2020 Permalink

      Because, like Diallo, he is an athlete and not a basketball player. IMO.

  9. UKFanSC
    8:39 am April 15, 2020 Permalink

    Clarke would “build his brand”, improve his strength and conditioning, and simply have more fun by spending a year in Lexington. Let’s hope he thinks the decision through.

  10. runningunnin.454
    8:48 am April 15, 2020 Permalink

    Now we have to compete with the NBA and the G-League, goddamn. That would be a none-and-done.

    • UKFanSC
      8:51 am April 15, 2020 Permalink

      You would think that once a recruit commits to a university that would preclude the professional league from pursuing him or her. Probably too much to ask for.

    • ClutchCargo
      9:07 am April 15, 2020 Permalink

      This has existed in baseball for ages. Right now the G League doesn’t really offer much for those who can qualify to play in college. It’s a one year dead end job where you have to hope you are able to get the exposure to make yourself a draft pick next year.

  11. Headhurts
    9:13 am April 15, 2020 Permalink

    Think offers from the G league should come before player commits to the university

  12. Buffalo Cat
    10:50 am April 15, 2020 Permalink

    All these kids need to do is watch a few minutes of a G-League game on TV. The play is awful, the atmosphere is depressing, the coaching is substandard. Nobody wants to play like that if there are options like a year at a high level college or overseas.

  13. UKinIN
    10:51 am April 15, 2020 Permalink

    I’m confused … to be Draft eligible a player has to be one year removed from high school. Ignoring that Clarke reclassified, he’s still in high school! Has the G League always been able to recruit kids and ignore the NBA/NBPA CBA?

  14. BobbyBlue
    10:54 am April 15, 2020 Permalink

    Strickland was an alcoholic that Cal took care of, ie covered up for as long as he could. No idea if he left to work for by W

    • BobbyBlue
      10:57 am April 15, 2020 Permalink

      left to work for Antiqua.
      I hate spell check !