Both the G League Ignite professional pathway and the Overtime Elite league started out just 2 and 1 year(s) ago respectively but have already begun to churn out NBA talent. So far we’ve seen some big name talents go through the two programs (Jalen Green being, Josh Christopher, Jaden Hardy etc.) but the depth of talent on the list this year is on another level.
When I first started writing this article I thought it would be a top 10 list but I quickly realized it needed to expand to 15. The talent pool is that deep. Not all of these players are eligible for the 2023 draft but they still give scouts a lot to watch when scouting the Ignite and the Overtime Elite teams. Most of the players are from the U.S. but there are a number of elite international talents on the list as well.
One player that’s not included on this list is Matas Buzelis who has signed with the G League Ignite but for the 2023/24 season. Keep an eye out for Matas in the upcoming Elite 25(top players in high school basketball) article, coming soon to Patreon.
Pro League Elite 15
1. Scoot Henderson – PG – G League Ignite – Henderson is truly elite. He’d be the presumptive no.1 overall pick in a lot of draft classes but with Wembanyama in the mix there’s a good chance he falls to no.2. One of the most explosive athletes at the point guard position since Derrick Rose, Henderson is an absolute freak of an athlete; powerful, bouncy as hell and with great body control. His ability to get to the rack reminds of D. Rose and a young Westbrook. He can also finish in a variety of ways in the lane and from mid range, showing a really nice soft touch on his short and mid range jumper. His outside shooting shows promise but is inconsistent and has yet to develop into a major weapon for him. This will be the biggest aspect of his game to watch as he enters his second year with the Ignite. Expect him to have the ball in his hands a lot this coming season and really get to showcase his talent.
2. Bryson Tiller – SF/PF – Overtime Elite – The youngest player on this list, Tiller is part of the 2025 recruiting class and so, as it stand now, won’t be draft eligible until 2026 but it’s already very obvious that he’s an elite talent. He edges out some of the other big time prospects on this list for the no.2 spot behind Scoot, despite having a lot further to go in his development. Tiller is a big, broad-shouldered and silky smooth forward who gives me Jabari Smith Jr. and Jayson Tatum vibes. He’s a high level athlete and has a good frame but what really sets him apart is his smooth natural talent. He shows great touch on his jumper, gets into his shot with ease and has very advanced footwork and feel for his age. He’s got a lot of time to go on his path to the NBA and it’ll be really exciting to see how he grows and expands his game in the coming seasons.
See the full Pro League Elite 15 on Patreon
- 2023 NBA Draft Big Board – Early Season Edition
- The Elite 25 – The Top NBA Prospects In High School Basketball (Fall 2022)
- Pro League Elite 15 – The Top 15 G League Ignite and Overtime Elite Prospects (Fall 2022)
- The International Elite 15 (Summer 2022 Edition)
- 2026 NBA Draft Prospect Rankings (2025 recruiting class)
- Top 70 2022 Big Board – V7 (6/15/22)
- 10 Elite Freshmen in High School Basketball, Class of 2025
- and much more