"One-and-done has to go, one way or another".
While changes to the NBA's age limit likely won't be implemented until the 2022 draft, the league considers this an immediate response.
"The broader basketball community has called for the NBA to enhance our G League offerings", Turner told ESPN. "We believe this is a thoughtful and responsive answer". This new route, however, would allow those prospects to cash in - most importantly, legally - while providing a path to becoming a pro.
Of course, as ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski notes, the G League isn't almost as "glamorous" as playing for a top college program, where players will easily gain tons of exposure and be treated like kings.
"We appreciate the NBA's decision to provide additional opportunities for those who would like to pursue their dream of playing professionally, Emmert said in statement".
G League President Malcolm Turner said the move addresses that concern. Will this venture be open to worldwide players as well, including Canadians or Australians who often matriculate to the NBA via American high schools or college basketball?
It is unclear how the players would be selected, but the league said Thursday it is establishing a working group to identify players who could be offered the contract. As of now, players have to be 19 years old or a year removed from high school to be draft eligible.
NBA G League Select Contracts are designed for year-round professional growth and will include opportunities for basketball development, life skills mentorship and academic scholarship.
The NBA G-League is attempting to change the game with their new rule to recruit young superstars to the league, however they seem to have overlooked a few things.
The G-League is obviously a lesser league than the NCAA as far as lifestyle goes. It will take some time for a baseline to be established for what prospects can be expected to produce against this level of competition. Of the 35, only five scored more than 10 points in their first game.
The commission report said "elite high school players with National Basketball Association prospects. should not be "forced" to attend college".