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TigerinATL
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4 Star prospect decommits from Gonzaga, will play for GLeague Ignite
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Fanbo Zeng, China's top basketball prospect, is decommitting from Gonzaga and planning to join the NBA G League Ignite, sources tell The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

The 6-foot-10 forward will be eligible for the NBA Draft in 2022. He was ranked as a four-star high school recruit out of Windermere Prep (Windermere, Fla.), where he played from 2018-2020 after arriving from China in 2017.

Zeng committed to Gonzaga last fall, but sources say the departure of assistant coach Tommy Lloyd — who led the recruitment of Zeng to the Bulldogs — played a major role in the 18-year-old's decision to head to the G League now. Lloyd recently agreed to become the new head coach at Arizona.

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His reason for leaving Gonzaga was losing the coach that recruited him, but choosing the Ignite, where 2 of the top 5 Mock Draft prospects played this season, could be the start of a trend. Is this the beginning of the end for top prospects going to the NCAA for under the table payments instead of real cash money from the GLeague?


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re: 4 Star prospect decommits from Gonzaga, will play for GLeague Ignite
If your a top prospect, why not go to the g league. Get actual NBA coaching and a taste of what the NBA would be like with the travel and all of that.

I think you would be more NBA ready. Flip side is you may not look as good because you will not be playing college kids


dj30
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re: 4 Star prospect decommits from Gonzaga, will play for GLeague Ignite
Chances are this guy will never play in the NBA. If he's being offered a decent payday to do this then its not the worst decision.


nicj4
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re: 4 Star prospect decommits from Gonzaga, will play for GLeague Ignite
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If your a top prospect, why not go to the g league. Get actual NBA coaching and a taste of what the NBA would be like with the travel and all of that.

I think you would be more NBA ready. Flip side is you may not look as good because you will not be playing college kids

+1
G League and Europe are the best places to develop your game.

You play with pros, meeting professional bodies and you can be trained like a pro everyday...

I really hope 4 stars and 5 stars prospects will prefer G League and Europe than NCAA now...


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re: 4 Star prospect decommits from Gonzaga, will play for GLeague Ignite
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think you would be more NBA ready. Flip side is you may not look as good because you will not be playing college kids



The flip side is why i don't think it becomes a trend. On top of that these top guys get a bunch of under the table money


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mrbayoublu
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re: 4 Star prospect decommits from Gonzaga, will play for GLeague Ignite
While the Euro competition and pay scale are well established, the G-League will continue to grow the NBA's product at the expense of the NCAA. Look, it's much more manageable for an 18-year-old instead of going overseas. The G-League will become more and more like a bonafide minor league, similar to baseball's AAA minor league.



TigahJay
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re: 4 Star prospect decommits from Gonzaga, will play for GLeague Ignite
NBA probably cut him a check...Chinese audience would be a boost for the G League


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re: 4 Star prospect decommits from Gonzaga, will play for GLeague Ignite
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G League and Europe are the best places to develop your game.


For sure if you are only looking at maximally developing your game. Though I’d say less so with Europe.

However, in whole, I think there is a bit of a double edged sword to it though.

For instance, had Jaxson Hayes gone to the Ignite(if they were around then), he probably falls out of the top ten pretty hard.

There is some risk reward.

Scouts seem to love it, but they love it because they feel they get a MUCH better sense of what a guy will do in the NBA, which on one hand could really elevate someone, like Jalen Green, on the other hand, it could tell scouts you just aren’t ready, might not be ready for a long time or ever. While that same person might have been able to go to a elite program and either dominate lesser competition or keep the sense of his untapped potential to scouts.


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re: 4 Star prospect decommits from Gonzaga, will play for GLeague Ignite
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G League and Europe are the best places to develop your game.


Are they?



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re: 4 Star prospect decommits from Gonzaga, will play for GLeague Ignite
I can still see the benefit of college. You’re getting paid under the table most likely and you’re like a king on campus.


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re: 4 Star prospect decommits from Gonzaga, will play for GLeague Ignite
Green was the only guy last year that looked like he belonged in the league and he was a consensus top 3 prospect in a really good draft class. Upside is still king, but getting abused by grown men isn’t the best look for a non top tier prospect.


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If your a top prospect, why not go to the g league. Get actual NBA coaching and a taste of what the NBA would be like with the travel and all of that.


College life. Go to parties where everyone knows you. Way different than going to clubs. More comfortable in your age group on and off the court. Parents want you to go college or you follow in their footsteps going to the same college they went to. Only reasons I see them going to college. Plus they’re probably getting paid under the table.

I also feel like college will babysit you more than the GLeague imo.
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duyp
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re: 4 Star prospect decommits from Gonzaga, will play for GLeague Ignite
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Chances are this guy will never play in the NBA. If he's being offered a decent payday to do this then its not the worst decision.


Have you watched his highlights? This guy is unreal. I don’t know how he is so coordinated at being 7’0. He was dribbling against Curry and going against him. Once he fill out of his frame, he’s going to become even more than a threat. His defense is also decent too.
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nicj4
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Upside is still king, but getting abused by grown men isn’t the best look for a non top tier prospect.

If i know i'm a non top tier prospect, i prefer getting abused by grown men in G League than getting abused by grown men in NBA and people laugh at me forever (that will prepare me for the nba in a more concrete way at least).

Look at Olowokandi, Okafor, Marvin Bagley, Anthony Bennett, Hasheem Thabett etc...What did they get from being high drafted other than money ?

People laugh at them that's it.


dj30
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re: 4 Star prospect decommits from Gonzaga, will play for GLeague Ignite
I've not seen a single second of him playing, so my comment wasn't based on that. Just saw his prospect ranking and most guys in that range don't make the NBA.


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brmark70816
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re: 4 Star prospect decommits from Gonzaga, will play for GLeague Ignite
I don't get this mindset. Going to play college ball is still really sweet. Who had a better time this year, Suggs or Green?

Everybody is so quick to grab the fast money. It don't last and they wash out quicker. Players are better off playing 2-3 seasons in college. It is the best place to prepare a guy for the league and life.


NOSA
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re: 4 Star prospect decommits from Gonzaga, will play for GLeague Ignite
Green made $250K plus great benefits and dominated in the GLeague, will get drafted right where Suggs does. I think he did just fine for himself.


nicj4
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re: 4 Star prospect decommits from Gonzaga, will play for GLeague Ignite
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Though I’d say less so with Europe
Yes you're right.
I wanted to say NBL, the non USA professional leagues where young players can have lot of mins.

It's very hard for a youngster to have a lot of mins in the best Euroleague teams, except if you're really talented like Luka Doncic, Yannick Nzosa or Victor Wembanyama.
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brmark70816
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re: 4 Star prospect decommits from Gonzaga, will play for GLeague Ignite
I'm sure he made closer to 1M. But I'd still rather be in college than carrying a sorry pro team or playing in the minor leagues. Its just a better time and a better life.

People used to hate on the Mannings, Tim Duncan and Grant Hill cause their families had money and they stayed in school. But it has served all of them well.

Green was going to make a ton of money whenever he got into the league. There really is no need to rush it..


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nicj4
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re: 4 Star prospect decommits from Gonzaga, will play for GLeague Ignite
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It is the best place to prepare a guy for the league and life.

I agree staying in college is better for the life (if you want to graduate and therefore be able to do a job other than basketball later)
Tim Duncan wanted to graduate cause his mother on his deathbed...

But if you already know you want to become a basketball pro since you were 13...it just doesn't make sense to stay in college.

1) You don't see growth men in college.
2) You don't see the training of pro basketball players at college.
3) You can't see the many trips across the country the pros do at college.
4) You cannot learn all the systems that coaches use in the professional scene at college
etc

Green had better time than Suggs cause he should be less raw than Suggs when he will be in nba.




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