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The game plan: Elite players find paths to pros besides NCAA

There was a “college basketball team” this season with a collection of players who figure to go high in the upcoming NBA draft. In fact, this team was nowhere near the Indianapolis bubble during the NCAA Tournament, but rather, near Orlando, Florida, for the NBA G League playoffs last month. The Ignite, a development squad affiliated with the G League featuring elite NBA draft-eligible players, had a roster full of teenagers who all could’ve been standouts at the tournament — had they chosen the college route.