The National Basketball Association made a bombshell announcement this week saying that they were going to offer elite prospects $125,000 to play in the G-League to entice them to skip NCAA play and head right into pro ball.
It’s a move that directly challenges the strangle hold the NCAA has on basketball players wanting to play in the NBA. Now, most top tier talented ball players head to college for one year to keep their name in the spotlight while they wait until they are eligible for the NBA. But now with the G-League offering money to these top elite players, it might just change the one and done players.
The question I have is how is the G-League going to decide which players get paid the big bucks and who doesn’t? Are they going to rely on the national rankings or have their scouts elevate their talent? Because any 18 year old making almost $125,000 dollars must be super talented to warrant the money. But that being said, I’m all for this idea because it gives basketball players another option where they can actually earn money instead of them playing for a college program and making them money.
But with this news, I can’t help but think about the Women’s National Basketball Association players who would dream of making this kind of money. They’re constantly fighting to make more money since they’re playing their hearts out to grow the game. They should get this kind of money just for putting up with the nonsense they get from those trolls on social media that think that females don’t need to make that much because how small their league is.
It will be interesting to see how this rolls out next summer and what kind of effect it’s going to have on the NCAA system. But it’s a step in the right direction of fixing a lot of the problems with the NCAA basketball system.
Now let’s see about getting the WNBA badass players paid the money they deserve, yeah?