Story on ESPN: The NBA has hired Rod Strickland to manage the professional path program that'll pay $125K to elite high school prospects to join G League. https://t.co/aJ0I3yOA7t
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 20, 2018
Strickland’s duties will be to evaluate elite prospects and educate and mentor them on the program that offers HS prospects an option to skip college and accept the G League’s five-month, $125,000 salary.
Former WNBA player Allison Feaster, who will oversee a group of prospects that are eligible for the pro path initiative, will work closely with Strickland.
Every graduating high school player is already allowed to make himself eligible for the G League draft, but those non-elite prospects would still come into the minor league on a lower, traditional salary – if they made a roster.
“First and foremost, we want to make it clear that they won’t be searching out any player already committed to school,” Feaster told ESPN. “We will focus on players who are undecided. As Rod moves into the market, he’ll have interactions with organizations and potential parents. Initially, it’ll be those who reach out to us and want more information on the professional path.”
Strickland, 52, played over 17 years in the NBA and averaged 13.2 points during his career.