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Why the nation’s top prep player is opting for the G League (CE)


With Jalen Green announcing he’s bypassing college and joining the NBA’s G League for the 2020-21 season, he’s attempting to forge a new path for elite prospects. 

The five-star recruit who is ranked No. 2 in the 2020 high school class by has reached a substantial six-figure deal, sources said, to partner with the G League for a year before entering the 2021 NBA draft, where he’s a candidate to be the No. 1 overall pick.

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Discussion Questions:

1. Why would the nation’s top basketball recruit choose to bypass a college scholarship and play for a minor league professional team?
2. Why can’t Jalen Green skip college AND the G-League and go straight to the NBA?  
3. In your opinion, should college athletes be paid for playing?  Why or why not?
4. Do you think this decision will impact the future of college and pro basketball?  Why or why not?
5. According to this story, how did the COVID-19 health crisis impact Jalen Green’s decision making process?
Chris Lindauer
After working for nearly a decade in professional sports, Chris Lindauer, formed Sports Career Consulting to provide unique sports business education opportunities in and out of the classroom. In the eighteen years (and counting) that followed, Chris has inspired thousands of students to pursue their passions and explore the career of their dreams. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, two teenage daughters and their dog.


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