April 2020 High School Wiretap

Jalen Green To Enter NBA/G League Professional Pathway Program

Apr 16, 2020 11:09 AM

Jalen Green will enter the NBA/G League's professional pathway program.

Green is considered the top prospect int he 2020 high school class.

Auburn, Memphis, Oregon, Florida State, USC and Fresno State were some of the college programs vying for Green's commitment.

The G League professional pathway program launched in October 2018 as a program that paid $125,000 to prospects as an alternative to college basketball. Green will be joining an enhanced version of that program.

Green is expected to be one of the top picks of the 2021 NBA Draft.

Sources tell Shams Charania of The Athletic that Green will headline a new G League team in Los Angeles focused on development and preparation for the NBA.

Jonathan Givony/ESPN

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Emoni Bates Becomes First Sophomore To Win Gatorade National Player Of The Year

Apr 14, 2020 11:05 AM

Emoni Bates has been named the Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year.

Bates is the first sophomore to win the award and beat out seniors Cade Cunningham and Evan Mobley.

“Emoni Bates is the newest generational talent in the high school game,” ESPN national recruiting director for boys high school basketball Paul Biancardi said in a news release. “As a 6-foot-9 sophomore, he owns a slender frame with terrific length thanks to a 7-1 wingspan. His elite ball skills have a profound influence and impact on the game.

"His ability as a shooter, including his capacity to make contested shots, makes him unique. His gifts off the bounce, his court vision and his fast-developing basketball IQ stand out as well. A key separating trait at this early age is his ‘alpha-dog’ mentality. When his time comes for the NBA draft, we project him as the No. 1 pick.”

Bates averaged 31.6 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists this season at Lincoln.

Bates has drawn comparisons to Kevin Durant and is the projected No. 1 pick in 2022 if the NBA eliminates the age limit.

Omari Sankofa II/Detroit Free Press

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