Rich Paul: $1M intern a result of 'broken system'
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ESPN News Services
NBA agent and Klutch Sports co-founder Rich Paul called the choice of top prospect Darius Bazley to forgo college and opt for a $1 million shoe-company internship the product of a broken system, saying Wednesday the on-court component of the next seven months was “the one thing that we were missing.”
Bazley, ranked the No. 13 prospect in 2018 by ESPN, decommitted from Syracuse in March and said he planned to play in the NBA’s G League. This week, he again changed course, landing a first-of-its-kind, three-month job with New Balance, a deal Paul brokered.
Paul, speaking in an appearance on ESPN’s The Jump, said he wasn’t sure the move would start a trend but did think it was a pioneering leap out of a institutionalized process that needed to change.
“And until that happens, they need options,” Paul said.
Former Adidas exec James Gatto, Merl Code and Christian Dawkins were found guilty in a pay-for-play scheme involving high-profile basketball recruits of Kansas, Louisville and NC State.
A group of five-star prospects and their inner circles, as well as one NBA GM, offered reactions to the NBA G