The game plan: Elite players find paths to pros besides NCAA

You didn’t see Daishen Nix, Isaiah Todd, Jalen Green and Jonathan Kuminga at the NCAA Tournament. They chose a different option as they teamed up for Ignite, a new developmental NBA G League squad. It’s a different sort of basketball education. It’s an option that is becoming more common and is slowly changing the nature of the college game itself. Instead of going one-and-done on some college team, more 18- and 19-year-olds are choosing the G League’s development team or heading overseas. Another option may soon be a new sports league called Overtime Elite which markets itself to high schoolers and guarantees an academic education along with $100,000 salaries.