It looks like the Big Baller Brand basketball league is coming after some of Kentucky’s recruits.
According to Tipton Edits, UK signee Tyler Herro is among a host of recruits being contacted by what’s now being called the Junior Basketball Association (JBA). They’ve also reportedly contacted Vanderbilt signee (and former UK recruit) Simi Shittu, as well as Kansas signee Devon Dotson and Stanford signee Cormac Ryan.
Thus far. all of them have declined invites to the league, which is probably going to be the case with most recruits, as playing in college is much more beneficial to their careers.
Here’s a refresher on the BBB, which is tentatively set to compete with the NCAA for high school recruits who want to get paid to play basketball before heading to the NBA.
LaVar Ball personally is saying he’s going to pay the players anywhere from $3,000 to $10,000 a month (based on skill) and allow them to focus on preparing for their pro careers.
I honestly cannot see many, if any notable recruits joining this league. It’s an understandable to build essentially a semi-pro league that pays players and gives them a chance to be pros before heading off to the real pros in the NBA.
But it’s not realistic, nor does it sound sustainable. It will be a surprise if it lands enough players to actually form this league within the next year.