17-year-old becomes youngest pro basketball player in history as he signs with NBA G League Ignite

While most of Scoot Henderson’s classmates will be taking quizzes and turning in homework assignments, he’ll be making history in the NBA G League. 

According to a report from The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Henderson, a 17-year-old five-star prospect from Georgia, has signed with the G League Ignite, a developmental team designed to help basketball prospects reach the NBA instead of playing overseas or in college. Charania reported that Henderson is believed to be the youngest professional basketball player in American history. 

Charania reported that his deal is worth $1 million. 

Henderson is listed as the No. 12 overall recruit in the 2022 class by 247Sports Composite Rankings, before moving up to ninth overall in the 2021 class after he officially reclassified. 

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The New York Times reported that Henderson will be the first player to spend two years with the G-League Ignite team. 

Henderson becomes just the latest star high school talent who Ignite has been able to pull away from college or European basketball. Ignite had two teenage prospects on the roster for the 2020-21 campaign in Jalen Green and Jonathan Kuminga, both players who were five-star prospects coming out of high school as part of the class of 2020. Kuminga, 18, averaged 15.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, while Green, 19, averaged 17.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. 

Two other high school juniors, Ryan and Matthew Bewley, twin brothers from Orlando, Florida, signed on Friday with Overtime Elite, a startup basketball league designed to prepare prep talents to become professional basketball players. 

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