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Sources: G-League will pay Jalen Green $500,000 for one year

Jalen Green
Jalen Green

Jalen Green, the five-star guard and No. 2 player in the 2020 class, has decided to skip college and become the first to take part in the NBA G-League’s initiative by signing a Select Contract. He announced his decision live on Instagram on Thursday afternoon.

Multiple sources told Rivals the contract is worth $500,000 to play one season in the G-League. This does not include a potential shoe contract that Green could sign in the meantime.

Green becomes the next blue-chip prospect to decline the college route in recent years. His final college choices were Auburn, Fresno State, Memphis and Oregon.

2020 Rankings: Rivals150 | Team | Position

2021 Rankings: Rivals150 | Position

2022 Rankings: Top 75

Discussions had circled around Green playing professionally for the past year, but it was overseas, not domestically. A year ago, RJ Hampton, a good friend of Green’s and someone he took his first official visit to Memphis with, decided to sign with the New Zealand Breaker of the Australian NBL.

Beyond the revenue stream, Green is likely to be placed on a select team that will play a truncated season compared with the typical 50-games that a G-League franchise plays. There is also a chance Isaiah Todd will compete for the same select team. The value will be placed more on training and development compared to playing games. The team could be located out of Southern California.

The 6-foot-5 guard is seen as one of the best prospects in high school basketball regardless of classification. He will spend his five months with a respective G-League affiliate before preparing for the 2021 NBA Draft, where he is expected to be picked somewhere within the upper-half of the lottery.