Published: Sat, October 20, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Adrian Wojnarowski Essentially Just Confirmed College Basketball Players Get Paid

Adrian Wojnarowski Essentially Just Confirmed College Basketball Players Get Paid

The prospects who are eligible for these six-figure contracts will be determined by a newly formed group of G League officials who will identify which elite players are eligible for the max contracts.

While it is apparent there are still details to be ironed out - such as how these select players will be allocated to G League teams - NCAA President Mark Emmert said he appreciates the G League's plan.

While the future of college basketball recruiting as we know it may be changing as a result of what comes from the three-week federal trial in New York City, the NBA's G League on Thursday announced a move that could change things even quicker. Who will determine which prospects are good enough to make the cut?

While full logistics still need to be worked out, the G League intends to offer prospects on its professional path access to National Basketball Association facilities, player development coaches and training staffs well in advance of training camps in late October.

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The G League has allowed 18-year-old players in the past, but never before under any elite designation.

The contracts, which will be available from next season, offer year-round training on and off the court with the opportunity to receive scholarships to higher education programmes should they decide to return to school after a basketball career. Beyond that, the only requirement is that a player must be 18 by September 15 of the season they would play and, in the case of prospects older than 18, can not have gone through an NBA Draft in the past.

The G-League is obviously a lesser league than the NCAA as far as lifestyle goes. It will be fascinating to see how the college basketball world reacts to competition for its biggest stars and most marketable athletes, especially as the sport is engulfed in an ongoing corruption trial.

Players can sign letters of intent to play for a Division I school in the 2019-20 season starting next month, and there's nothing to suggest that some of the top recruits - whether they've signed or not - won't consider going to the G League for $125,000 instead of college next season.

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