That said, he clearly makes a mockery of being a student. Not really his fault though, the system is broken. The #1 option for amateur players after HS is to go to college b/c they can't go pro, even if they have no interest in being in school. Sure you can go to Europe or I think even the NBDL (??) but the best competition, the best place to learn, the best option if you want to get drafted into the NBA, is to play in college.
I skipped class all the time when I was in college. I think back in those days you could miss as many as 10 classes a semester and I made sure to hit my limit. I also got people to sign in for me attending class when I wasn't there (a lot of students did this for each other back then). There are a lot of regular students who don't think much of college. A lot of regular students who spend more time going to parties and trying to get laid rather than attending class. A lot of people like to look down on these athletes for not being interested in class, but I remember going to school with lots of students who didn't care about class either.
Skipping classes was pretty normal when I was a student at Duke - hand in your papers and show up for your tests - if you know the material at the end of the semester no one should care whether you spent time in a room designated for teaching you that material. I can only remember one class that actually had an attendance policy/requirement. Maybe Duke has turned into a nanny state in the two decades since I left...
also I really dont think the one and dones undermine the system - there are 3000+ division one basketball players. Less than 1% are one and done. The progress toward graduation requirements provides incentives for the other 99% and the lack of a degree for the 1% that go pro is no more tragic than it is for Bill Gates, who also dropped out of school to go pro.
Either stop forcing kids to go to school for a year or have some sort of penalty system for one and done kids where the school loses that scholarship for a year if a kid goes pro (or maybe some penalty not as harsh). That way, you don't see schools like Kentucky stockpiling one and done players.
As for Bill Gates, I don't think he had a free ride to school. In fact, many kids who leave school early for careers don't have free rides. If they did, would they leave school early?
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That student athletes are the only ones who ask for and get extensions on their papers, tests, and every other imaginable assignment? I teach at Duke, have lots of the basketball players in class, and--with one or two exceptions over 25 years--have found that the athletes ask for fewer extensions than do non-athletes. Can Christian Laettner get an extension on a paper that is due the day after the national championship game? Sure. Can Buzz Skippy--even though he is NOT an athlete--get an extension on a paper that is due the day after the national championship game? Sure. What about the day after his fraternity party? After his parents' weekend visit?
It has been my long-held belief that I grant extensions virtually any time a student asks. I do this because I have 25 years of data saying that if students really NEED an extension, they will do an excellent job on the assignment... but if they are just phutzing around and wasting time, the extension isn't going to do them any good at all!
Our men and women athletes are terrific for the most part. That being said, you guys better get your final papers in on time!
I had a class once with a few basketball players who came to the first class, then the last class to hand in the final paper, and nothing in between. I assume they did fine; in the interest of full disclosure, though I typically rarely missed a class, I only deemed it necessary to go to that particular class about half the time. Similarly, I had a couple classes with Battier, including a math class (he got an A, I got a B), and he was there literally every session. I also had a very smart friend who literally never went to an intro Chemistry class except for tests, actually specifically taking pride in taking a nap during that time period; he got an A. Obviously, Duke has higher academic standards than other schools, but it has its share of slack-jobs, basketball players or not.
And I'll reiterate... Anthony Davis can play for my team anytime.
flout, not flaunt.
Most athletes do not get "free rides". I'm not defending one and done basketball players, but the overwhelming majority of NCAA student-athletes (who are usually students first) you are attacking with broad strokes.
I also did not say "most" get free rides. I said "many."
And yes, I probably meant flout, not flaunt.
Yep, I went to Arizona and studied Journalism and Communications. Comm was a popular major for athletes and it was the same thing. I remember I saw Andre Iguodala maybe 2 times the semester he was in my class. Rolled in the first few classes and that was basically it. Football was a bit different, but still mostly the same idea. It's not a product of the student, it's a product of the system. It needs to be changed as its a joke.
Anthony Davis can play for me, student or no student. I had never really heard him speak, but I enjoyed watching this clip. He does seem really genuine. Loved him talking about his unibrow. Lol
"In an ideal world, everyone would stay four years and graduate. But Kentucky’s basketball program is in fact a tribute to a real-world system that works, preparing young people for a viable profession — in this case, professional athletics."
This seems like a rehash of the interminable thread last about the hypocrisy of the NCAA and "amateurism," but if Anthony Davis is indeed going pro, as most expect, he should be getting ready to go pro and for the rest of his life, not necessarily focusing on class. I'd imagine most bball players take a relatively light 2nd-semester load, so maybe he can do both, but the focus should definitely be on his career. He should be selfish and do what's best for him. It's not his fault (nor is it Calipari's for that matter) that the NBA and NCAA have such asinine rules that essentially force the best high school players to pretend to be "real college students*" for a year.
*During my time in college there were plenty of kids who were there for only a semester or a year, almost always for much worse reasons than signing multi-million dollar contracts for employment. We always considered them real students, regardless of whether they went to class. Some of them were even fun to be around, if not influenced by. They added to my college experience.
2007 - 8. Three from Ohio State, two from Georgia Tech
2008 - 12. Two from Kansas State, two from UCLA
2009 - 4.
2010 - 10. Four from Kentucky.
2011 - 7 (Including Kanter). Two from Kentucky, two from Texas.
It's a small sample size, but nothing seems to indicate an upward trend in the annual number of one and dones. Maybe a school's academics play a role in where one and dones tend to go, but even at Kentucky, as Anthony Davis mentioned, they still have to go to class. I think it tends to be individuals and not the system that cheapen the idea of the student athlete. Sure, there are guys who will stop going to class the minute their eligibility doesn't depend on it, but there are plenty of guys like Kyrie Irving, John Wall, and Kevin Durant who kept going to class after their seasons ended and have continued to make progress toward their degrees in the off season (or during the lockout). And with the way the APR excepts students who leave to go professional, you can't say that their just doing it to avoid sanctions for their schools.