G League veteran, Reggie Hearn, is one of the experienced signings that the new G League Ignite team have made. This is in a bid to add valuable insight alongside the elite prospects, with the aim of creating strong mentorship within the roster.
Hearn, even at 29-years-old, is as experienced as they get at the G League level. Having made 270+ appearances for the Idaho Stampede, Reno Bighorns, Grand Rapids Drive, Stockton Kings, and South Bay Lakers.
Over the course of his career to date, Hearn has shot 40.2% from 3-point land in G League competition. In 2018, he received an NBA opportunity with the Detroit Pistons. Who he signed with on a two-way contract and went on to make 3 appearances at the top level.
In an interview with NBA Call-Ups, Reggie Hearn spoke about his new Ignite team. Where he highlighted the prospect’s growing talents, but also pointed out that they have areas of improvement to work on as they advance towards the 2021 NBA Draft.
“I told all of them this, I think they’re all very talented in their own unique way. Before I got here I watched some of their highlights and tried to get a feel for their game. I think they each bring something different to the table. But they all have a great wealth of potential. They each have areas of improvement, as we all do. But they’ve got a bright future.”– Reggie Hearn on the G League Ignite prospects
As the interview progressed, Hearn broke down the potential of each young player on the roster. Specifically Indian prospect, Princepal Singh. Who he stated is having some communication troubles at present time. But Hearn did emphasize his intelligence and his ability to be a quick learner.
“Prince has some trouble communicating, with the new language. But I think as he gets more comfortable playing over here in America, more comfortable with the language, he’s also very smart. He picks up things very quickly. I think as he continues to grow he has a lot of potential.”– Reggie Hearn on Princepal Singh
Staying on the topic of international talent. The Ignite team also features big man, Kai Sotto, from the Philippines. The 7-foot-2 prospect was a 4-star recruit playing high-school basketball at Ateneo de Manila, before moving over to Atlanta to join the well-renowned Skill Factory.
Sotto then opted to forego his college eligibility to join the new G League select team. When speaking about the Filipino prospect, Hearn was full of praise.
Like Singh, Hearn highlighted Sotto’s intelligence and skill-level. Before asserting that as he continues to bulk up, his development will accelerate.
“Kai is very skilled, very smart. As he bulks up, he’s going to have a chance to be great.”– Reggie Hearn on Kai Sotto
Fans around the world have been waiting to get a glimpse of the Ignite prospects. With short social media clips emerging from the November scrimmages.
In December, it has been reported that the G League will be livestreaming scrimmages of the Ignite team facing-off against G League alumni.
Check out the video below of Reggie Hearn speaking about the G League Ignite prospects in further detail.
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