MANILA, Philippines -- Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone believes that going to the G League bodes well for Filipino-American guard Jalen Green, as it will make him "very, very well-prepared" for life in the NBA.
The 18-year-old Green was recruited by several colleges and universities, but decided to take part in the G League's professional pathway program instead.
There, he will play with other top recruits -- including 7-foot-2 Filipino center Kai Sotto -- in a select team that will get topnotch coaching and life skills training. Green's contract with the G League is reportedly worth $500,000.
"He's one of those guys that can probably go right from high school into a pro game," Cone said of Green, who was a consensus five-star recruit in his class, during a discussion aired on the NBA Philippines Facebook page.
"But being with the G League is gonna make him even more prepared," he added. "They're gonna prepare him, and he's gonna know what the players are gonna be like."
Cone has yet to see Green play in person, but the Filipino-American guard's highlights are enough to convince the Barangay Ginebra coach that he is "really special."
Playing in the G League can only make Green better, especially as the level of competition there is steadily improving. Cone regularly scouts the G League for potential imports, and he sees "tremendous talent" in the league, as well as "some really good coaching."
Moreover, playing in the G League will keep Green and his teammates on the radar of NBA teams.
"The NBA guys are gonna be checking him out all day long," said Cone. "It's not like they're gonna have to fly to North Carolina or Arizona to go see him. They're gonna see them every day, so they're gonna have that exposure all the time."
"They're gonna have that exposure, and guys are gonna be watching them," he added. "When he reaches the NBA -- and that's gonna happen for sure -- he's gonna go in very, very well-prepared."
"Probably the most well-prepared player that we may have seen," Cone predicted.
As it is, Green is being projected as a potential top overall pick in the 2021 NBA Rookie Draft. Sports Illustrated's most recent mock draft, released Tuesday, has him at No. 2 overall behind Oklahoma State University point guard Cade Cunningham.
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