The G League Ignite program has signed 2023 top 60 recruit and top 15 combo guard London Johnson to a two-year deal. He has reclassified to the 2022 class and will join the team this season. His seven-figure deal is the largest deal to date that the G League Ignite has signed a player to according to reports. He held offers most notably from the North Carolina Tar Heels, Alabama Crimson Tide, and Virginia Cavaliers. He is not eligible for the draft until the 2024 NBA Draft hence the two-year deal.
High-schooler London Johnson is bypassing college (UNC, Virginia, Alabama) and signing a two-year contract with the NBA G League Ignite. Sources say the seven-figure deal for Johnson, the 18-year-old Charlotte native, is the largest Ignite salary to date: https://t.co/BS6OhXt1mw
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 3, 2022
The talented combo guard, London Johnson was climbing up the rankings and garnering the attention of several top college basketball programs. This deal with the G League Ignite will pay him seven figures to gain experience against professional players for two years. The program has established itself as one that gets players drafted and into the NBA. Johnson hopes to be one of those players in the 2024 NBA Draft but will have to prove himself first.
Breaking: Four-star London Johnson has signed a two-year deal with the NBA’s G-League Ignite, he tells @On3Recruits.
The 6-4 PG has also reclassified to 2022.
— Joe Tipton (@TiptonEdits) October 3, 2022
The G League Ignite has “poached” quite a few talented players like London Johnson from college basketball over the past few seasons. Multiple legitimate paths to the NBA are a healthy thing for the sport of basketball moving forward. Johnson can now make money as he prepares to enter the NBA.