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After seeing 2020 five-star guard Jalen Green – Memphis’ high recruiting plan – flip down the college ranks and signal with the G League in April, Penny Hardaway isn’t a happy camper.
With Green signing with the G League’s unique knowledgeable pathway program, at the side of Michigan commit Isaiah Todd and UCLA signee Daishen Nix chickening out of their respective commitments to form the identical, the Memphis head coach when compared the league’s recruitment of gamers to tampering.
“Taking guys out of their commitments (or if) they’ve already signed and continuing to search advice from their parents, it’s nearly admire tampering,” Hardaway said in a pre-recorded video sent to media contributors covering the Memphis basketball program.
Former G League president Malcolm Turner advised ESPN wait on in 2018 that the knowledgeable pathway program would avoid prospects who were already dedicated to faculties. Now, Hardaway feels the league is backtracking on their fashioned be conscious by talking to dedicated prospects and their parents, and he doesn’t agree with it.
“I didn’t deem the G League became built — and I’m able to also very successfully be tainted — to head and recruit kids that desire to head to college out of going to college,” Hardaway said. “I believed they were going to be the group that as soon as you happen to wanted to head in a foreign places nation otherwise you absolutely failed to desire to play college 100%, that this would per chance well be the absolute most life like mission for you sooner than you ride into the NBA. Nonetheless taking guys out of their commitments, and they’ve already signed nonetheless are continuing to search advice from their parents … I truly don’t agree with that.”
Regardless, if the NCAA doesn’t invent an effort to allow pupil-athletes to invent money for themselves, Hardaway feels college basketball will proceed to lose star athletes to the G League.
“This would possibly well per chance possess an impact on how we recruit if the NCAA doesn’t form one thing about it, within the event that they don’t protect taking steps forward to wait on these kids invent money,” Hardaway said. “They’re going to take $300,000, $400,000, $500,000 (within the G League) for five months to play on a catch team and upright form basketball in preference to having to head to class. … (The NCAA) upright (has) to take some determined measures to invent these kids trace that we desire you to advance to college.”
Recruiting a participant who is dedicated to a school is unspeakable, nonetheless paying $11,500 for transferring costs for a high-ranked prospect, after which offering him a scholarship upright eight months later after taking the pinnacle coaching job at Memphis? What’s the priority?
Oh the irony.
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