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NBA rebuilding professional pathway program so prospects can skip playing for the NCAA

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Top recruit Jalen Green is the first player to join the program.

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The NBA is redoing its professional pathway program so players have an option to turn pro straight out of high school while staying stateside. The players will play for a pseudo-G League team focused on preparing them for the NBA game. They’ll train with veterans and other top prospects and play in exhibitions against G League teams, international teams, and NBA academies.

Top high school recruit Jalen Green was the first player to announce his intention to join the program. Former Michigan commit and five-star recruit Isaiah Todd joined shortly afterward.

With talks over the one-and-done rule between the NBA and NCAA stalling out, the NBA took the initiative to create their own path around the NCAA for prospects.

This is a big blow for the NCAA, who is in danger of losing a large amount of top tier talent. It’s likely we see a lot of top prospects elect to take this route and the paycheck that comes with it instead of being taken advantage of by the NCAA racket. Embattled Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy unintentionally brought more light to the issue when he pointed out that the unpaid labor of his players was vital to his state’s economy. The NBA has provided an option for players to avoid putting themselves in that situation, and props to them for doing that.