The elite basketball prospects making up the NBA G League’s professional pathway team have arrived at their home market of Walnut Creek, CA.
Top high school prospects Jalen Green, Jonathan Kuminga, Isaiah Todd, Daishen Nix, Kai Sotto and Princepal Singh are set to begin skill work in Walnut Creek with head coach Brian Shaw. Shaw, a five-time NBA champion and Oakland-native, will be joined by assistant coach Rasheed Abdul-Rahman, video coordinator Jerry Woods and athletic trainer Pete Youngman. The one-on-one skill-development training is one of the first steps in helping these prospects grow their basketball abilities.
Having spent nearly 30 years in the NBA as both a player and a coach, Shaw brings extensive experience and success to help develop these top prospects. His most recent NBA coaching experience includes a two-year stint as head coach of the Denver Nuggets from 2013-15, as well as three years as an assistant for the Los Angeles Lakers from 2016-19.
Green, the first player who announced he would be taking part in the professional pathway program, is a Bay Area native who ESPN ranks as their No. 1 high school basketball prospect. Kuminga, Todd, Nix and Sotto are all listed on ESPN’s top 100 rankings, while Singh is the first NBA Academy graduate to sign with the NBA G League and first NBA Academy India graduate to sign a professional contract.
The professional pathway team is a one-year program focused on NBA Draft readiness and professional life skills and will be unaffiliated with any existing G League franchise or NBA team. The G League offers an opportunity for top young prospects to begin their professional careers while receiving mentorship and life skills training, making it the perfect environment for the professional pathway team.