An Obscure Rule Will Keep Former Five-Star Recruit Mitchell Robinson From Participating In The G League

01.12.18 9 months ago

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The NBA G League was rebranded over the summer from the D-League, the D standing for “developmental.” Over the years NBA teams have made better use of their G League teams, sending players there to rehab after injuries or give players time to get right on short-term contracts.

But one use some thought the league could have, as a place for non-NCAA and non-NBA eligible players to develop, doesn’t appear to be on the table. ESPN reported on Thursday that some notable NBA prospects not currently playing college basketball will be unable to appear in the G League due to a rule regarding players who enrolled and left a college within an academic calendar year.

Currently, the most notable example of a player who cannot participate in the league because of this is Mitchell Robinson, a former five-star recruit who committed to Western Kentucky out of high school.

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