Louisville’s Chris Mack not worried about prospects choosing G League
The health of college basketball has seemingly been in decline the last few years as top players have chosen to bypass college ball before moving on to the NBA. On Thursday, another blow was dealt to college basketball when top prospect Jalen Green announced he would be joining a G League team in Los Angeles rather than go to college.
Even if the move signifies a bad trend for college hoops, Louisville head coach Chris Mack is not worried.
Mack tweeted on Thursday that there are plenty of unheralded recruits who shine in college basketball, meaning the sport will be fine.
For every Jalen Green there’s an Obi Toppin. For every none & done there’s a Luke Garza, a Markus Howard. College Basketball will be fine. Nice articles though guys. Next…
— Chris Mack (@CoachChrisMack) April 17, 2020
True enough, players mature and develop at different ages, and there are so many roster spots in college basketball that players will still emerge. But many of these young players have already begun developing fan bases and followings via social media while in high school and theoretically may be able to ease into the pros easier without needing the college spotlight to build attention.
It’s too early to say how things will be in the future. And while college basketball is not dead and they will still have many good players, seeing top players choose the G League instead might not be a great thing for the sport.