UCLA commit Daishen Nix has decided to forgo college to jump directly to the G-league. Nix will be the third high school prospect to enter the G-league’s professional pathway program, following fellow five-star recruits Jalen Green and Isaiah Todd. According to 247 sports, he is the 15th ranked player and the number 1 ranked point guard in the 2020 high school class. Nix is expected to announce his decision Tuesday afternoon.
Nix is a 6-foot-5 point guard who played for Trinity International Schools previously. He is an elite passer with a high basketball IQ who is a potential 2021 lottery pick. As more top prospects decide to play in the G-league instead of the traditional route NCAA, the NCAA clearly will be compelled to provide their players with a source of income. Otherwise, they would risk losing their main financial generators. According to Shams Charania, Nix’s deal with the G League is expected to be in the $300,000 range.
The players in the G-league program will not be playing as full-time members on a G-league team. Instead they will receive professional training and coaching from NBA employers. The goal of the program is not to demand high school graduates to play against older and more tenured players, but instead it is to help them learn what is needed to become a professional.