High school senior Isaiah Todd has signed to play in the NBA G League next campaign, it was announced today by NBA G League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim. Todd is ranked by ESPN as the top player in Virginia and No. 13 in the nation in the Class of 2020.
The NBA G League gives top young prospects an opportunity to start their professional careers while receiving mentorship and life skills training.
A forward at Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh, N.C., Todd was named a McDonald’s All-American and Jordan Brand Classic selection this year.
“We’re excited to have Isaiah begin his professional career in the NBA G League,” said Abdur-Rahim. “With his skill and drive to succeed, I’m confident that he will thrive in the NBA G League and use all of our available resources to prepare for the next stage in his career.”
Todd joins fellow five-star recruit Jalen Green in signing to play in the NBA G League for the 2020-21 campaign.
The two have played together on the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team, winning a gold medal at the 2017 FIBA Under-16 Americas Championship.
In the NBA G League, Todd will have the chance to accelerate his on-court development as he learns NBA-style basketball alongside veterans of the professional game while focusing heavily on life skills development. Details of the new team Todd and Green will play for, which will be unaffiliated with any existing NBA G League franchise or NBA team, are forthcoming.
As has been the case since 2006, the NBA’s current collective bargaining agreement prevents players from jumping directly from high school to the NBA.
Some top prospects have opted to play a year overseas. LaMelo Ball and R.J. Hampton, five-star talents in last year’s class, played in Australia’s NBL this past season and are projected to be lottery picks in this year’s draft.
In response, the NBA has attempted to make its G League more attractive. Jalen Green, the third-ranked prospect in the 2020 class, reportedly signed a $500,000 contract to join the G League.