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Fanbo Zeng Decommits From Gonzaga, Expected To Join G League Ignite

Apr 24, 2021 12:16 PM

China's top basketball prospect Fanbo Zeng is decommitting from Gonzaga to join the G League Ignite, sources told Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Zeng, a four-star high school recruit, will be eligible for the 2022 NBA Draft.

Zeng joins Michael Foster in joining the Ignite team this week. 

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Tags: Kevin Zeng, NBA G League Ignite, D-League, D-League Teams, D-League Official Signing

Michael Foster Jr. Signs With G League Ignite

Apr 23, 2021 4:37 PM

Michael Foster Jr. has signed to play with the G League Ignite during the 21-22 season.

Foster is ESPN's No. 7 prospect in the Class of 2021 and the first player to join the Ignite for next season.

A 2021 McDonald’s All-American, Foster spent his last two high school seasons at Hillcrest Prep in Phoenix, where he averaged 32.2 points and 18.4 rebounds as a senior and 26.3 points, 13.4 rebounds and 6.1 blocks as a junior.

Foster is a native of Milwaukee. 

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Michael Foster, NBA G League Ignite, High School, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, D-League, NBA Draft General, D-League Teams

G League Ignite Prospects Expected To Train Separately After Completion Of Bubble

Mar 13, 2021 12:29 PM

Jalen Green, Jonathan Kuminga, Isaiah Todd and Daishen Nix of the G League Ignite are expected to train separately to prepare for the NBA Draft, sources told Marc Stein of The New York Times.

The Ignite lost to the Raptors 905 in the G League bubble playoffs.

The team's facilities in Walnut Creek remain available to the players, but they have gone their separate ways following the conclusion of the season.

Veterans from the team are free to sign free agent deals elsewhere. 

Marc Stein/The New York Times

Tags: NBA G League Ignite, D-League, D-League Teams

Emoni Bates Widley Expected To Choose G League Over Michigan State Before NBA Draft

Mar 3, 2021 11:14 AM

Emoni Bates committed to Michigan State in the incoming class of 2022 and is projected to be the top overall pick in the 2023 NBA draft, but he may instead go straight to the G League.

"Of all the sources interviewed for this story, those existing in and out of the Bates camp, no one seems to believe Emoni will play at Michigan State," writes Brandon Quinn at The Athletic. "Instead, Bates most likely will wait for a professional contract, probably the most lucrative deal the G League can muster, and turn professional before heading to the NBA."

Tom Izzo was unaware of Bates' decision to commit to Michigan State until the day before his announcement. The Bates family, however, knew for months they'd commit to Michigan State. 

“As of now, everything still stands as it was,” E.J. Bates says, wearing a knowing smile. “Kids are kids, and kids make decisions all the time. Michigan State is still the place that he loves. They embraced him. They showed him love and they continue to show him love. They’ve always been good to him, so I don’t see a switch up or anything. Now, if things change, or some rules change, you know — who knows? Because Michigan State, that’s one dream. The NBA is another dream. I don’t know. At the end of the day, it’s Emoni’s decision on what he wants to do.”

Brandon Quinn/The Athletic

Tags: NBA G League Ignite, Michigan State Spartans, High School, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, D-League Teams

G League Being 'Very Aggressive' Approaching Top Recruits To Join 2022 Ignite Team

Feb 27, 2021 2:42 PM

The G League is being "very aggressive" in approaching top recruits to fill out the 2022 Ignite roster, sources told Jonathan Givony of ESPN.

Top-10 prospects Jaden Hardy and Michael Foster are currently considered "leans" to join the team.

The G League is also making a push for top-ranked recruit Chet Holmgren, with five-star prospect Efton Reid also another possibility.

Givony adds that the progress of NCAA's name, image, and likeness legislation is a wild card in a player's decision to choose college over the G League. 

Jonathan Givony/ESPN

Tags: Chet Holmgren, NBA G League Ignite, D-League, D-League Teams, D-League Misc Rumor

Raptors Agree To Sign Donta Hall To 10-Day Deal

Feb 25, 2021 10:03 PM

The Toronto Raptors have agreed to sign Donta Hall to a 10-day contract.

Hall was playing on the G League Ignite team.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Tags: Toronto Raptors, NBA G League Ignite, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams