5-Star PG Prospect Daishen Nix Decommits from UCLA, Will Join G League

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 28, 2020

Credit: 247Sports

Point guard Daishen Nix is following Jalen Green and Isaiah Todd to the NBA G League, per the Los Angeles Times' Dan Woike.

Nix had committed to UCLA last August. He's the No. 15 player and No. 1 point guard in the 2020 recruiting class, per 247Sports' composite rankings.

According to Charania, Nix's contract "is expected to be in the $300,000 range." That would be slightly lower than the $500,000 deal Green received, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Jonathan Givony. Todd can earn $250,000 from his G League salary, per Givony.

"Playing in [the] G League is basically getting me ready for the NBA draft," Nix told Woike. "It's just one step below the NBA."

An unnamed NBA general manager believes the current trend of jumping to the G League could be problematic for prospects:

Nix, Green and Todd won't play a full G League slate next season. According to Wojnarowski and Givony, they'll compete against G League teams as well as international teams and NBA academy squads. The players will also receive guidance from professional coaches and older players with NBA experience.

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In addition to upending the traditional college path for top recruits, the plan aims to keep players from going overseas after high school. LaMelo Ball and RJ Hampton chose to play in Australia's National Basketball League rather than go to college in the United States.

Nix's change of plans is obviously a big loss for the Bruins. Shooting guard Jaylen Clark is their only other 2020 signee, though Kentucky transfer Johnny Juzang indicated earlier in April that he hoped to gain immediate eligibility for 2020-21.

Some argued UCLA will be able to weather the blow.

Tyger Campbell averaged 8.3 points and a team-high 5.0 assists as a redshirt freshman. Without Nix, he'll remain UCLA's primary playmaker.

However, the timing of Nix's decommitment makes it impossible for head coach Mick Cronin to replace him with a player of similar quality at another position.