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G League to offer contracts for elite prospects

The NBA’s G League will offer an alternative to the NCAA’s one-and-done process beginning with 2019-20 season.

The G League announced Thursday the formation of a “Select Contract” that will allow prospects that are at least 18 years old and not eligible for the NBA the chance to play in the developmental league and make $125,000 for the five-month season.

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Select Contracts will include opportunities for basketball development, life skills mentorship and academic scholarship.

“Select Contracts are an answer to the basketball community’s call for additional development options for elite players before they are eligible for the NBA,” said G League president Malcolm Turner in a statement. “The supporting infrastructure surrounding these newly-created Select Contracts is designed to provide a rich offering of basketball and life skills developmental tools for top young players to grow along their professional paths from high school to the pros.”

Player eligibility

Eligibility for the contracts will be limited to players who turn 18 by Sept. 15 prior to the season in which they would play and have not been through an NBA draft.

The G League will hire a program manager during the year leading up to the 2019-20 season to identify eligible elite prospects for the contracts.

The Commission for College Basketball, chaired by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, suggested an end to the one-and-done rule in April in releasing its findings following an independent review of the sport.

“We need to put the college back in college basketball,” Rice said of the commission’s outlook, per ESPN. “Our focus has been to strengthen the collegiate model — not to move toward one that brings aspects of professionalism into the game.”

The G League alternative would allow a way for prospects to hire agents and profit off their likeness, something collegiate athletes are unable to do.

–Field Level Media

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