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Rod Strickland Hired to Manage G League Professional Path Program

(Photo via Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images North America)

(Photo via Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images North America)

Rod Strickland, a former administrator on the Kentucky men’s basketball team under John Calipari, has been hired by the NBA to lead the G League’s new professional path program, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

According to Wojnarowski, Strickland “will evaluate elite prospects, as well as educate and mentor them on the new initiative that offers select high school prospects the option to bypass NCAA basketball and accept a $125,000 salary for a five-month G League season.”

Wojnarowski goes way more in-depth in his article on what exactly it is Strickland will be doing in this role, but essentially, he’s going to be a recruiter – potentially even working against John Calipari in the future for undeclared prospects. He’ll attempt to convince only the highest quality of high school basketball prospects to make a run at the G League instead of college.

Strickland played his college basketball at DePaul University and spent 20 seasons in the NBA, including being named to the 1997-98 All-NBA Second Team. He is also the godfather to current Boston Celtics guard, Kyrie Irving.

Strickland has always been a highly-revered figure in the basketball community, no matter the level of competition, and should be a perfect fit to help introduce this new path to professional basketball.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

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

7 Comments for Rod Strickland Hired to Manage G League Professional Path Program

  1. Brutal Hustler
    11:49 am November 21, 2018 Permalink

    “Okay guys,today’s class will be about the transition from high school to pro ball and how to handle your first DUI”

    • Iamheasyouarehe
      12:20 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

      Sounds like the voice of experience.

    • Shagaris Sock Puppet
      12:28 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

      Jealousy is a nasty disease. I forgot you are the only perfect human being on the face of the earth, thats never made a mistake.

    • Jiminy Crickets
      2:53 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

      Funny how DUI draws extreme ire from most, because of the selfish act of putting other people’s lives in danger, unless it’s a former coach or player at the school you like, then it’s just poor judgement

    • 4everUKblue
      5:55 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

      It’s always poor judgement and unless you know something about addiction you really shouldn’t comment. That and you’ve lived a perfect, mistake free life, like Shagari said.

  2. N-UR-i
    12:41 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

    How many people are going to be paying him to steer recruits toward their respective colleges? He will make millions.

  3. chris43
    12:50 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

    Makes you wonder what this does to college basketball if the majority of elite recruits start going straight to G league.