As the college basketball landscape continues to change and 5-star recruits begin skipping college to play in the NBA’s G League Pathway Program potentially making hundreds of thousands of dollars, players like Prolific Prep Academy superstar Jalen Green — who will enter the G League out of high school — become pioneers of a changing culture.
The recent ruling by the NCAA that allows players to pursue monetary compensation for their likeness, image, and endorsements have given the top players coming out of high more options to get paid than ever before.
Players like18-year-old Green, who finished the season ranked No. 1 on ESPN’s Top 100 HS players list, Dashien Nix who recently decommitted from UCLA to sign a robust G League contract and Melo Ball, who skipped finishing high school altogether to go play overseas while continuing to work in the family celebrity business, are the beneficiaries of a seismic shift in the way the NBA, G League, and college hoops interact.
Green has been already projected as the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. His path to this standing can largely be accredited to his one year at the Napa Valley, California school after transferring from San Joaquin Memorial High School in Fresno.
Check out The Shadow League’s interview with Prolific Prep Academy Director Jeremy Russotti, a former basketball trainer and the man who drives the machine.
After graduating from Prolific Prep, 5-star prospect Jalen Green turned down college to sign a $500K contract with the NBA’s G-League. Today he was officially named the best player in the country coming out of high school.
Russotti talks about Jalen Green’s arrival and how the mom of NBA player @josh_j11 came up with the original blueprint for the emerging Prolific Prep hoops powerhouse
#ProlificPrep has a growing alumni of D-1 and pro players, but Russotti says it’s just the beginning,
Russotti discusses why his academy translates to millions in the future for players who attend. He also says Gatorade HS Player of the Year Emoni Bates’ brand would skyrocket if he left Lincoln High School in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and took his 6-foot-9, multi-talented game to Napa Valley.