Cleveland Charge To Host G League Ignite In First ‘Next Gem’ Game

The Cleveland Charge will face the G League Ignite in the inaugural Next Gem Game scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 20.NBA All-Star Logo

The game will be held at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center, home of the Charge, in their first season in Cleveland.

The G League Ignite is made up of players who are considered the NBA’s next top prospects. Rockets guard Jalen Green and Warriors forward Jonathan Kuminga are among their alums.

“While the NBA’s brightest stars of the past and present will be in Cleveland throughout All-Star Weekend, it is a welcome addition to have some of tomorrow’s best burgeoning talent on display in this Next Gem Game,” Cavaliers resident of franchise properties Mike Ostrowski said in a statement.

The Charge are coached by former Cavaliers assistant Dan Geriot and feature the likes of guard Malik Newman, guard/forward Charles Matthews and forwards Tre Scott and Josh Huestis.

Per the Charge/G League release: “NBA G League Ignite is a first-of-its-kind team dedicated to developing top young prospects in preparation for the NBA Draft.  Based in Walnut Creek, Calif., the roster includes elite players who are eligible for the NBA Draft as well as NBA and NBA G League veterans who serve as mentors to the team’s young talent.”

Cleveland is the host of this year’s NBA All-Star Game. The league is celebrating its 75th anniversary season, something that will be highlighted during the weekend.

The NBA All-Star Game is also scheduled for Feb. 20, and will be held at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

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