Jalen Green was a one-time Kentucky Wildcats target and some might even say that Green was very close to coming to Kentucky had the Wildcats not signed the late Terrence Clarke.
Kentucky went with Clarke and Green chose the G-League over Kentucky, Auburn, and Memphis. But this past season, the G-League Ignite team didn’t really receive a lot of publicity.
Now, most basketball fans will know the names of Jalen Green, Isaiah Todd and Daishen Nix, all one-time UK targets, but would any of those three have faired better in college? Todd was a former Michigan commit and Nix a former UCLA commit.
Jalen Green tweeted that “it would have been a different talk” about who would go No. 1 overall In this years draft had Green gone to college.
The G-League does seem like a better route some prospects, or simply players who have no interest in the collegiate game. But what the G-League lacks, and will always lack when compared to college basketball is exposure and publicity.
Most people will tune in to watch a high-profile game between Gonzaga and UCLA in the Final Four and watch Jalen Suggs hit the shot of the decade, but most people couldn’t also be bothered to turn on a G-League game.
College basketball will always have more exposure and opportunities than the G-League, especially at big name programs like Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, and so on.
The G-League might sound enticing, but college may be the move for the majority of the high school classes.