Jalen Green, an explosive shooting guard who played a year with NBA G League Ignite, gave an interview to Bleacher Report.
On the year spent in the G League, without going through College.
I think it was overall a great experience. I learned a lot, I learned how to be a pro early. I was put in a pro setting. Improved my pro habits on and off the court. I feel I just got overall better. The young guys that were there got overall better too. It was just a great experience overall.
On his prospects for NBA Draft night.
Everyone wants to go No. 1 in the draft. For me, it’s like a motivation thing. Just because, at first I wasn’t even talked about going on because of the route I took. It was different and I was off the map for a little bit. Even after the bubble, they still were talking about that. Just seeing that now is more motivation, I feel like that’s where I should have been. It’s a dream come true for sure; it does give me butterflies. It makes my people happy, it makes me happy, it’s just crazy to see.
I didn’t really start paying attention to it until after the bubble. I just felt like I should be No. 1 because I work harder than a lot of the dudes in my class. That’s the only reason. It’s not something that could have been or should have been; it’s just because I work harder.
Green played 15 games in the G League ‘Bubble’ , averaging 17.9 points, 4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.5 steals, shooting 46% from the field, 36% from three and 83% on free throws.