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5-star PG Scoot Henderson picks G League route, becomes youngest U.S. pro hooper ever

(via G League)

(via G League)

Alternate paths out of high school for elite, young basketball players sure are enticing.

Not long after it was announced that a pair of five-star twins, Matt and Ryan Bewley, were signing two-year deals as the inaugural players for the new Overtime Elite league, another top prospect has elected to take a similar professional route. Sterling “Scoot” Henderson, a five-star point guard from the class of 2022, has elected to join the NBA’s G League Ignite team where he could spend the next two seasons before making the leap to the NBA.

According to 247 Sports, Henderson is considered a top 10 player in his class and the No. 2 point guard in the country. ESPN’s Jonathan Givony believes that Henderson will ultimately wind up as a top-three player in his class, matching up alongside established stars from the class of 2022 such as Emoni Bates and Jalen Duren. Henderson, who actually reclassified to the class of 2021 with this decision, will join fellow class of 2021ers Michael Foster, Jaden Hardy, and Fanbo Zeng on the G League Ignite squad for next season.

According to The Athletic, the deal in place for Henderson is worth $1 million. Since Henderson will not turn until 2023, he will not be eligible for the 2022 NBA Draft and would have to spend at least two full seasons with the G League Ignite before he can become eligible. He’s already completed all of his high school coursework and will graduate a year ahead of schedule. Henderson is the youngest ever player in the history of the United States to sign a professional basketball contract at just 17 years old.

Kentucky was once thought to be one of the schools recruiting Henderson, although no formal offer ever came through. Henderson elected to take the G League path over other college programs such as Texas Tech, Tennessee, Louisville, Auburn, and Alabama. Kansas also had expressed some interest and a deal from Overtime Elite was reportedly turned down, as well.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

11 Comments for 5-star PG Scoot Henderson picks G League route, becomes youngest U.S. pro hooper ever

  1. IndianaSucks
    8:10 pm May 21, 2021 Permalink

    Obviously, this will become more and more the prevalent for the elite. Bright side is that for those who are opposed to the one and done, this may eradicate that idea in the long run without the NBA actually changing their rule at all.

  2. BobbyBlue
    8:56 pm May 21, 2021 Permalink

    At least he committed early and no university will waste the time and expense of trying to recruit him

    • UKCatAttack
      8:58 pm May 21, 2021 Permalink

      ^^^THIS^^^ Good luck to him!

    • Newtype
      9:34 pm May 21, 2021 Permalink

      Don’t waste any tears on universities.

    • JDid
      8:13 am May 22, 2021 Permalink

      No more Cliff’s Notes to sell.

      No pop quizzes or nervous pisses.

      Gone fishin’.

  3. Soylentbeans
    9:32 pm May 21, 2021 Permalink

    Wasnt kobe still 17 when he signed?

  4. neat1ky
    9:59 pm May 21, 2021 Permalink

    I think most will regret going this path because I remember when HS players could jump pro and one yr 5 went and quess what none made it after short stint

  5. BCO
    10:12 pm May 21, 2021 Permalink

    Im betting a kid this highly ranked can make more than that at a school like ours when the name/likeness stuff passes.

  6. UKinIN
    10:23 pm May 21, 2021 Permalink

    Good for the kid but no one cares. We follow recruiting because of UK, not because of the high school kids. If they’re going straight to the pros they’ll do it without a fanbase.

    • IndianaSucks
      12:56 pm May 23, 2021 Permalink

      With the money some of these kids are expecting to get, I highly doubt they care about playing in front of a fan base for a year.

  7. njcat
    1:24 pm May 22, 2021 Permalink

    These kids are getting terrible advice, especially with the NIL rules about to change. More $$$ are made off their brand than their NBA contract. No one will ever care about these guys unless they become a top 20 player in the NBA.

    I suspect the age will continue to drop as this progresses, and we’ll just end up with something similar to the international system where kids become pros when they’re 13.