Isaiah Todd: Was a 'No-Brainer' to Sign G League Contract over Going to Michigan

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistApril 22, 2020

Photo Credit: Nick Koza, 247Sports

Isaiah Todd's decision to decommit from the Michigan Wolverines and pursue the NBA G League's new pathway to the sport's highest level was apparently not difficult.

Todd appeared on NBA TV's NBA GameTime on Tuesday and said as much (h/t Adam Zagoria of Forbes).

"About two weeks before I made a college decision, I got a call, and then it was kind of like irrefusable," he said. "It just sounded perfect, and it sounded like a no-brainer, and I felt bad when I knew that was kind of the way I was going to go, thinking about the Michigan fans. But I had to do what's best for my family."

Todd's mother, Marlene Venable, told Jeff Borzello of ESPN on April 14 that her son elected to play professionally instead of joining head coach Juwan Howard and the Wolverines.

Two days later, highly regarded prospect Jalen Green also announced he would play in the G League instead of attending college.

Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported Green was expected to make approximately $500,000 with his G League deal, not including potential endorsement deals and appearance money.

Zagoria explained the select team with Todd, Green and others will not be affiliated with a G League or an NBA team. It will play an independent schedule of 20 or 25 games and be scouted by NBA teams.

Todd was a 5-star prospect, the No. 13 overall player and the No. 2 power forward in the class of 2020, per 247Sports' composite rankings.

It was a major loss for Michigan and Howard's efforts to build a consistent championship contender in the Big Ten, but the Wolverines still have a talented 2020 class that includes Hunter Dickinson, Zeb Jackson and Terrance Williams.


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