Top Fil-Am prospect Jalen Green opts to sign with NBA G-League

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(CNN Philippines, April 17) — Filipino-American cager Jalen Green has decided to not play college basketball in the US National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and join the NBA G-League instead.

"It has been crazy and exciting experience for me and my family. A lot of opportunities came. But the ultimate end goal is to get to the NBA. That being said, I decided to partner with the NBA G-League new team for elite players," he revealed in a video posted on his Instagram account Friday.

The 18-year-old previously suited up for San Joaquin Memorial High School and Prolific Prep in California.

As the top high school prospect in ESPN's recruitment class of 2020, he received offers from top universities in the US NCAA and Australia's National Basketball League.

Green, who has Filipino heritage on his mother's side and traces his roots to Ilocos Sur, last saw action in the Philippines as a member of FilAm Sports USA in the National Basketball Training Center in the last two years.

The 6-foot-5 shooting guard is already a proven winner on the international stage. He won gold medals for Team USA in the FIBA Under-19 World Cup last year and FIBA Under-17 World Cup in 2018.