The NBA’s G-League Bubble is now underway, and this is likely the most popular event they have run for a while.
With the new ‘ Ignite ‘ team involved with several prospects who skipped college to go pro right away, there is significant interest in how the players in the G-League bubble will look. Portland Trail Blazers fans can keep an eye on some prospects that we may see in the NBA Draft next year, or who they may come up against later on this season.
Here are 5 G-League prospects that Portland Trail Blazers fans can get familiar with.
Jonathan Kuminga (Ignite)
Jonathan Kuminga is part of the exciting Ignite team made up of future NBA lottery, and first-round picks. Kuminga is a six-foot-eight small forward born in Congo, and attended American High Schools, Huntington Prep, Our Saviour New American and The Patrick School.
After impressing at all three schools and playing well in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball league, Kuminga was among the top three or four recruits in the 2021 class.
He had an impressive list of 29 offers, including Duke, Kentucky, LSU and Georgia.
Kuminga instead opted for the G-League route, and is now top ten on many people’s draft boards.
Kuminga is an impressive two-way player with great athleticism and upside. He had 19 points in his G-league debut.
Jalen Green (Ignite)
Jalen Green is also part of the Ignite squad that has had its first game in the bubble. Green is a 19-year-old shooting guard who attended Prolific Prep in California in his senior year in High School.
As one of the most hyped recruits in the 2021 class, Green was named Sports Illustrated’s All-American player of the year, while also being selected to play in the McDonald’s All-American game, the Jordan Brand Classic, and the Nike Hoop Summit.
Green was ranked the number one recruit in the 2021 class by ESPN, and was the top shooting guard in the class. He received offers from many major programs before turning 15, but he opted instead to play for the Ignite team.
Green stands six-foot-six and is an exciting guard who is on many draft boards in the top five or ten.
Daishen Nix (Ignite)
Daishen Nix joined Green and Kuminga on the Ignite roster as well. Nix is an 18-year-old point guard who attended Trinity International High School in Las Vegas.
Nix was selected to the McDonald’s All-American game and was ranked number 15 in the 2021 recruiting class. He had offers from 20 teams as a five-star recruit.
Nix then committed to the Ignite team and the G-League.
At six-foot-five and 220 pounds, Nix has great positional size, and is an exciting point guard prospect for the 2021 NBA Draft.