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Of course they have ... and still are.

Look no further than Zion (see link below).

Professional sports provide an example of what athletes value most. Some players at the end of the career (ie have already have made a lot of money) might go to a new team as a free agent and take a smaller salary if they think it might enhance their ability to win a championship, but for most players, particularly early in their career will go wherever they will get paid the most. College players are no different. Furthermore, I have never heard once an NBA, NFL, or MLB player say he chose a team in free agency because they had the best facilities.

What I find interesting about the G league accepting HS athletes is that it appears it has increased the price significantly for colleges looking to pay top players (Duke, NC, Kansas, Arizona, Oregon, USC, etc) . For example, Jaylen Green, who is considered one of the top HS prospects this year (and was considering Oregon as one of his final 3 college choices), has announced he will forgo college and instead go to the G-league. My understanding is he can make $500k in salary next year and supplement it with endorsement deals that will provide him a 7 figure salary next year. I am curious on what Oregon was willing to pay Green and how much lower it was than the G-league compensation he will be receiving.

(In response to this post by WinningLeadership)

Link: Duke looking into allegations that Nike gave money to Zion Williamson's mother

Posted: 04/18/2020 at 1:04PM


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Duke paying players too? Who knows -- WinningLeadership 04/18/2020 01:53AM
  This shouldn't be surprise -- Godscountry 04/23/2020 5:43PM
  Those were some great stories. Thank you for sharing. :) ** -- WinningLeadership 04/19/2020 02:15AM
  Of course they have ... and still are. -- HallelujahBuff 04/18/2020 1:04PM