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.
Story on ESPN: The NBA has hired Rod Strickland to manage the professional path program that’ll pay $125K to elite high school prospects to join G League. https://t.co/aJ0I3yOA7t
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 20, 2018
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.