A few potential Duke basketball players could instead opt to cash in early.
Make no mistake about it, the NBA G League recruiters are going to come after the top-shelf 2021 five-stars. They’ll probably do so with the lure of one-year contracts exceeding half a million dollars. And three recruits currently holding Duke basketball offers are likely to be at or near the top of their wishlist, even if none have yet listed it as an option.
But each could follow in the footsteps of Jalen Green, Isaiah Todd, and Daishen Nix, the big names thus far who, rather than playing without pay at the college level, will be raking in some significant dough while headlining a select team in Los Angeles next season (whenever it happens).
Even though the NCAA may eliminate the ban on student-athletes profiting from their name, image, and likeness in time for the arrival of the 2021 class, possible restrictions within that plan still remain up in the air. And last week, AAU coach Brian Sandifer made it clear to recruiting insider Adam Zagoria that the G League option must be on the mind of any elite rising senior:
“That has to be an option for them. And thank God they have that option because [of] the uncertainty of when campuses are going to open up…Until we get a vaccine, there’s not going to be Cameron Crazies running around in a stadium no more. So for a kid to say he’s going to college and have a normal college experience, it’s not going to happen…They’re doing a university a total favor by showing up on their campus.”
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Now, let’s examine each of the three Duke basketball targets who surely either are or will be receiving calls from the G League…