"Why go to college and learn a game that is archaic?"
That is what Talkin' Blazers co-host Channing Frye said on the latest episode of the podcast, and it makes perfect sense.
The college game is basketball at its core, but the way the game is played is far different than the NBA.
Said Frye, "I think college basketball itself is a nice island, but it's not connected to the mainland. You can't play college ball and say, 'Oh, man, this will translate to the NBA.' It just doesn't. The game is faster. The court is wider. Guys are more athletic."
Perhaps that is why Jalen Green, one of the top prospects in the class of 2020, has decided to skip the NCAA experience. Instead, Green is joining the NBA and G League's professional pathway program.
According to ESPN, the program "will pay elite prospects $500,000-plus and provide a one-year development program outside of the minor league's traditional team structure."
Green will be the first elite prospect to enter the pathway, and it could change college athletics forever. If Green succeeds, then we could see more high school athletes choose this route to the NBA in the future.
Not only does it make financial sense, but it makes sense because the prospects will actually learn the game they want to play professionally.
If you're a guy like Jalen Green, why would you practice playing ball the wrong way? Go somewhere where you're gonna get looked at by NBA level players, NBA level scouts, on a consistent and daily basis. They're not teaching you college basketball. They're teaching you NBA basketball with other grown men. - Channing Frye
So why go to college and play an archaic version of the game? The more you think about it, the more the new G-League pathway makes sense.
Green may be the first, but it's very likely he won't be the last.