Meet Jalen Green, Isaiah Todd, Daishen Nix, & Kai Sotto: The Newest NBA G League Prospects & Coach

By Keith Schlosser | April 28, 2020

It’s the dawn of a new day for the NBA G League as the team full of elite high school prospects comes to form heading into next season. In recent weeks, four major prospects have chosen the minor league to serve as the stepping stone for their professional careers. On June 9, former NBA head coach and five-time champion Brian Shaw was given the reigns as head coach of the team. Here’s a look at the talent (and respective credentials) the group brings to the table.

Jalen Green

At 6’5″ and 180 pounds, this elite athlete was the first to endure on this pioneering path, and he happens to boast very impressive credentials.

  • Consensus Five-Star Recruit
  • 2020 McDonald’s HS All-American
  • Won Gold Medals with the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team, at the 2019 FIBA Under-19 and 2018 FIBA Under-17 Basketball World Cups and 2017 FIBA Americas Under-16 Championship.
  • MVP of the 2018 FIBA Under-17 Basketball World Cup in Argentina.

Isaiah Todd

This 6’10”, 206-pound forward was next to follow this budding trend, joining forces with a familiar face in Green. The two have been teammates before, something that is sure to ease this transition for both of them. Like his young gun counterpart, Todd too has accomplished quite a bit on the floor in a short time.

  • Consensus Five-Star Recruit
  • 2020 McDonald’s HS All-American
  • 2020 Jordan Brand Classic selection
  • Won a Gold Medal with the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team at the 2017 FIBA Under-16 Americas Championship

Daishen Nix

Daishen Nix, a 6’4″, 208-pound point guard, was the third elite high school prospect to sign with the NBA G League for next season. While he may not boast as many accolades as Green or Todd, Nix’s ability to run the floor is undeniable. As an unselfish player who works tirelessly to make those around him better, Green & Todd are sure to reap the benefits of sharing the floor with him. He’s highly regarded across the nation, and the NBA G League presents the perfect opportunity to see if his widely heralded potential will translate to pro success:

  • Consensus Five-Star Recruit
  • 2020 McDonald’s HS All-American
  • Ranked by ESPN No. 20 in the nation in the Class of 2020
  • Ranked as the No. 15 recruit in the 247 Class of 2020 Composite
  • Ranked as the No. 1 PG in the 247 Class of 2020 Composite

Kai Sotto

Kai Sotto, a 7’2″, 215-pound center, will play in the NBA G League next season, becoming the first international prospect to join five-star recruits Jalen Green, Isaiah Todd and Daishen Nix. Sotto hails from the Philippines and played his most recent high school season at The Skill Factory Prep School in Atlanta, Georgia. Sotto has a constantly improving back-to-the-basket offensive game, can run efficiently in transition for his size and is quite the rim protector in the paint. Sotto will solidify the team’s frontcourt, pairing perfectly with power forward Isaiah Todd.

  • Consensus 4-Star recruit
  • 2020 Basketball Without Borders Global Camp Participant
  • Gold Medalist at 2017 U16 Southeast Asia Basketball Association Championship (Philippines)
  • 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup Participant (Philippines)
  • 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup Participant (Philippines)

Brian Shaw

Brian Shaw, a five-time NBA champion with nearly 30 years of experience as an NBA player and coach, was named head coach of the new NBA G League team featuring elite youth prospects on June 9. Debuting under Shaw in the 2020-21 season, the new team will include recent NBA G League signees Jalen Green, Isaiah Todd, Daishen Nix and Kai Sotto as they begin their professional careers while receiving mentorship and life skills training.

“Brian’s extensive experience and success as an NBA player and coach make him a natural choice to lead the new NBA G League team,” said Abdur-Rahim. “We look forward to watching these terrific young players develop their skills and grow as professionals under Brian’s leadership.”

  • 1st Round Pick in the 1988 NBA Draft (No. 24 overall – Boston Celtics)
  • 3x NBA Champion as a player with the Los Angeles Lakers (2000-2002)
  • 2x NBA Champion as an assistant coach of the Los Angeles Lakers (2009-2010)
  • Played 14 seasons in the NBA, split between the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers and Portland Trailblazers.
  • Gold Medalist at the 1986 FIBA World Championship with USA Basketball
  • Former Head Coach of the Denver Nuggets (2013-2015)

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