Three days after he told Sports Illustrated that he decommitted from Michigan to pursue a pro career, Isaiah Todd’s mother Marlene Venable confirmed to Sports Illustrated where that career would take place, the NBA G League’s professional pathway program.
The new team, which is still being developed, will not have any affiliation to any G League team or with an NBA franchise. He, and any others who follow, will play against G League teams and other teams focusing on NBA draft preparation, skill work and life skills in an academy-like structure with pro veterans.
Todd, a versatile 6-foot-10 forward out of Word of God Christian Academy (Raleigh, N.C.), will team up with SI All-American Player of the Year Jalen Green, who announced he was taking the G League route on Thursday.
Green’s and Todd’s deals are expected to be worth $500,000, according to multiple sources.
The program also offers players full college scholarships.
Having Todd and Green onboard will, undoubtedly, make the G League route more attractive to elite prospects behind them who are open to an alternative to one year of college or going overseas before entering the NBA draft.
As is stands, players must be 19 years old or one year removed from high school to declare for the draft, per league rules.
The new G League initiative will reportedly be based in Los Angeles, and, according to ESPN, former NBA coach of the year Sam Mitchell is expected to be considered as one of the candidates to lead the team.
Mitchell coached Green, a 6-5 combo guard out of Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.) with Team EBO (Calif.) in 2018 on the adidas Gauntlet.