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Santamaria: G League Program Should Face NBL Future Stars

NBL writer and broadcaster Liam Santamaria has flagged an idea that could see a team of NBL youngsters compete against the G-League developmental team.

ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnarowski recently explained how the G-League’s new development side could be travelling to different parts of the world to play, with Australia mentioned as a possibility.

“They (players in the G-League pathway program) might play national teams who might be touring different countries at different parts of the year,” Wojnarowski said.

“I was told they might to go Australia where there’s an NBA Academy, maybe play some exhibition games there and stay there for a while and train and move around.”

Speaking about the idea on NBL Overtime, Santamaria believes if the G-League team does come to Australia, the NBL should capitalise on the chance to gain extra exposure.  

“The NBL needs to get involved in a big way,” Santamaria said.

“If this G-League team, Jalen Green, Isaiah Todd and the group they put together – if that team comes to Australia to hang out at the NBA Global Academy and train for a little while, let’s get some NBL teams playing against them while they’re here.

“You know the NBA is going to get a broadcast deal in place for that team, they want that team on ESPN in the States as often as possible. They want Jalen Green and Isaiah Todd to be as recognisable as guys playing for Duke or Kentucky.

“What an opportunity to showcase the league and to get some NBL teams to play against them, smack them around and make a bit of a statement.”

Santamaria also flagged the potential for some of the NBL’s brightest young stars to compete against the G-League squad.
 
“Here’s what I would love to see if that team came to Australia," he added.

“I would love to see the NBL put together like an Under-25 Future Forces All-Star squad to go up against them.”

While Santamaria mentioned the team could also include NBL imports, he complied an All-Australian Under-25 roster of current players that would fit the criteria. 

Starters

Josh Giddey – Adelaide 36ers

Mojave King – Cairns Taipans

Kouat Noi – Cairns Taipans

Finn Delany – New Zealand Breakers

Will Magnay – Brisbane Bullets

Reserves

Angus Glover – Free Agent

Luke Travers – Perth

Jack McVeigh – Adelaide 36ers

Sam Froling – Free Agent

Harry Froling – Free Agent

Jordan Hunter – Sydney Kings

Australian college players that could also be on the team, if they come to the NBL, include, Dejan Vasiljevic, Jack White, Jack Salt and Yanni Wetzell.

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