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Five-star prospect Daishen Nix decommits from UCLA, will join NBA G League

Another top basketball prospect has decided to forgo college in favor of the NBA G League’s professional pathway program, as Daishen Nix has decommitted from UCLA.

Nix, a five-star prospect who is considered by many to be the top point guard in the country, has agreed to a deal with the NBA G League. Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that Nix is expected to earn around $300,000 for one season.

The NBA G League has ramped up its efforts to become a preferred destination for high school players who want to forego college. The goal is to keep some of the nation’s top players from pursuing a year playing overseas, which is what LaMelo Ball and RJ Hampton did with the National Basketball League in Australia. The G League professional pathway program recently expanded and is offering more money to players, which has allowed it to land Nix and some other top prospects.

Nix has the potential to be a lottery pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, so losing him will sting for Mick Cronin and UCLA.

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