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allow h.s seniors NBA entry

Posted on: February 17, 2010 10:03 pm
 It has been awhile since I have heard anything about the Nba loosening up its belts on graduating high school seniors to be eligible for the NBA draft immediately after their Senior season.
 I thought I would revisit this once popular subject  because it is obvious that regardless of what one thinks about education and how important it is, the fact is that if you are/were in the top 25 in the nation coming out of high school in previous seasons you were heavily considering entering the N.B.A  draft. There's always those that argues that the kids needed an education but honestly the top 25 in the nation one and only goal is to play professional basketball in the N.B.A , and if something happens where by some strange chance they do not make the league they would go over seas and either stay their for the whole career and be paid well or hone their skills and return back to the states.
 Most of those, that, year in and year out who come into the nba are college underclassmen and the season before last the N.b.a set a record for the most freshman ever to enter and become drafted into the league.
 Sure one could argue that by spending a few years in college it will help these players develop but honestly as it has happened in the past ever since Keven Garnett the N.b.a paid some of this fresh out of high school rookies to learn while riding the bench for most of the season or all of it.
 While that argument can be made, most of h.s senior rookies could care less about playing in college for years then they do about on hand training in the n.b.a immediately.
 Last years rookie Derrick Rose did not want to go to college he wanted to go straight to the nba but because of the new rules he was forced to play in the league. Today Memphis is suffering the backlash from illegally fixing scores and grades so Rose could be eligible so he could play college ball for all of one year which they knew coming in. playing one year does not even mean gaining a year of college academia under your belt it adds up to one semester so you can be eligible for the winter semester which runs into March. Once January classes start those who have already decided they will only play for that season have already stopped going to class, so again where is the logic on top nba prospects being held back or punished a year in ncaa if they don't want to.
 While you are pondering that not only are the players suffering for having to play college basketball one year but the school suffers due to the on again off again recruiting, no stability in lineups, and numerous violations that will pile up due to players who could careless about your instutition ala O.J. Mayo, who told USC and Tim Floyd you got me for one season and thats it. This allows a coach to lose some control when the player dictates to him what he will do because of nba/ncaa rules.
 The latest in this farce of the nba is this season rookie sensation Brandond Jennings who thumbed his nose at the Ncaa and Nba for one season to go to Europe get paid actually try to develop a european style game to go with his street game. Jennings refused to let the ncaa get paid off of his talent and since he had to wait a year he went to europe for a year, and still got drafted high.
 Now that contract talks are soon to be under way the Nba should either reinstitute early entry to h.s graduating Seniors, or have real early entry rules for their future players that they supposedly care about and would like them to learn in college academics and games then make it mandatory that they must be in teh ncaa 3 years if not let it be like hockey and baseball and let these guys play after high school if they think they are ready.
 Nba really there is no difference between 18 and 19 the maturity is about the same
Category: NBA

Since: Nov 5, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2010 9:20 pm

allow h.s seniors NBA entry

leatherneck now what you have said i agree with , especially by setting a realistic mandatory time length for players schools and coaches on hte university level. It will benefit the player in the long run and also benefit the school trying to build and keep recruits

Since: Jul 10, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2010 1:31 pm

allow h.s seniors NBA entry

I've always felt the need to require potential NBA players to earn a least two years of college credits and school of life skills that come with the college experience.  There are stellar examples, LeBron James, of high schoolers adapting quickly to the real world of adult life and the attendant responsibilties.  There are more examples of early enrty players displaying inmaturity and faulty judgement in handling the gravy-train created by a multi-million dollar contract just out of English IV and senior prom night.  Without important decision making skills, which some amount of college promotes, it's just a matter of time before a young player takes the wrong path--whether it is immediately or a few years down the road.

It is a fact of life that basketball players of outstanding ability, in particular, have a "one and done" or "two and shoo" mentality with millions of dead presidents looming in their future.  The situation also exists in other sports, so the NBA is not the only arena.

Let's be realistic, owners and current players in the NBA have one goal in common, maximum profit.  However, it is time for both sides to agree to a system that promotes some social responsibility by setting a time when college age players can enter into the trade.

College teaches career skills as well as life skills.  Since premier college basketball players have already developed the career skills--at least to the point that eight to ten years of playing in the NBA amounts to a career.  The life skills learned in college will better prepare the player of this caliber to begin to deal with life after basketball.

Owners and players, through the league and union, should adopt a two-year minimum of college before eligibilty for the draft is given.
This will give universities a more stable recruiting platform, a semblance of continuity in exchange for their investment in the STUDENT-athlete and some credibility as a place of higher learning.  Hopefully, the player will mature some in this time and make a smoother transition into the world of the working stiff, albiet a highly paid stiff.  It might even instill some motivation in the player to attain, during their career, another skill-set for life after the NBA.

Colleges basketball teams, at the Top 20 level, are mercenary in their make-up.  These few institutions will continue to dominate as long as they provide a short and easy stop on the road to the NBA.  This does a disservice to the student body, who as a rule, put in the four or five years to prepare for a less finacially rewarding but more socially important role in the world.  I tend to root for institutions that expect a full-term commitment from their athletes, especially when competing against the earlier decribed halfway houses.  That's probably why I prefer football at the level formerly known as Division 1AA and pull for the mid-majors at every opportunity.

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