Former Michigan commit Isaiah Todd says the decision to forego college and enter the new NBA G League pathway was a “no-brainer” and that he “felt bad” for Michigan fans after making his decision.
“At first, everything was just focused on what school to go to and how college was going to be, and just focused on being a college kid,” the 6-foot-10 Todd said Tuesday night on NBA GameTime on NBA-TV.
“[And] then about two weeks before I made a college decision, I got a call and then it was kind of like irrefusable. It just sounded perfect, and it sounded like a no-brainer, and I felt bad when I knew that was kind of the way I was going to go, thinking about the Michigan fans. But I had to do what’s best for my family.”
After committing to Michigan last November, Todd announced April 14 he was skipping college to play pro. The news came one day after prized recruit Josh Christopher chose Arizona State over Michigan. So Michigan got a double-dose of bad news.
Last Friday, the NBA G League formally announced that Todd would be joining Jalen Green on the new G League “Select Team.” Both players will earn six-figure salaries while playing for coach Sam Mitchell, a former NBA Coach of the Year.
“Some of these kids are ready, some of these kids don’t want to go to school, they want to be pros,” Mitchell said in an interview with ESPN’s Seth Greenberg and Amin Elhassan. “They want that lifestyle, and that’s the thing that we’re going to teach them.”
Like seemingly everyone else, Todd has been watching “The Last Dance” on ESPN. And while some people his age argue for LeBron James as the GOAT over Jordan, Todd is a Jordan fan.
“I always knew in my heart that Michael Jordan was the greatest of all time,” he said. “I looked up to LeBron and KD because he’s from Baltimore, but now I kind of look at the same guys but I look at Ja Morant’s game, too. I look at Ja Morant and Anthony Davis.”
Todd, Green and the other players on the “Select Team” will play a 20- or 25-game independent schedule in the G League. They won’t be affiliated with any particular NBA team, but will be scouted by the NBA.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Todd is limited in his training now but said he’s staying in shape.
“I have been staying pretty busy, my trainer comes to my house,” he said. “And I have a goal outside, it’s pretty convenient. We work out with in the garage with bands and things of that nature. We have a bar that we use. We simulate things that we do, just without the facilities.”
As for his future goals, he said he wants to “just become more of a student of the game. I’m focusing more on the mental aspect of the game, and attacking my body as well. When you get bigger and stronger, that kind of boosts your confidence a little bit.”