Last week, the NBA’s G-League announced that they will implement an alternative to the NCAA’s one and done role. The G-League will offer “Select Contracts” worth $125,000 to the top high school prospects that choose to not attend college.
The G-League’s new option will go into effect next summer. More specifically, this new ruling will allow players who are at least 18 years old, but not eligible to enter the NBA Draft to develop their craft within an NBA developmental organization. “I think it’s fantastic when you have the opportunity to expand,” retired NBA player, Rolando Blackman told NBA writer, Landon Buford.
“No one wants these young kids coming in without having the option for themselves in school and playing in the league.”
A star at Kansas State, where his number 25 is retired, Blackman was the Big Eight Conference Player of the Year in 1980.
The first Panamanian-born player in the NBA, the four-time NBA All Star was selected ninth by the Dallas Mavericks in the 1981 NBA Draft. These days, Blackman is on the Board of Directors of the Assist Youth Foundation, an organization that advances opportunities for underprivileged youth in Dallas.
From his vantage point, Blackman believes the G-League’s amended ruling is good for development. “It also allows them the opportunity to weigh their options accordingly,” he said.
“Whether that is going overseas; but the G-league is an option to keep them here. Giving them the understanding of what is happening in this league and developed side of it. Depending on their talent level it will allow them to transition into a system that they are familiar with in the NBA.”