The "pretense" I speak of is the one about how elite college basketball players are also supposed to be very serious students of economics or italian. With some renaissance-man type exceptions (including a bunch of them at Duke-- like Langdon in my day, who was a very smart dude and serious student) that's not the case and it's not bad. That's my point about engineers and filmmakers-- they aren't on campus primarily to study economics and italian, but they may study those things, take them sort of lightly and get Cs in them. That's not bad! They are enriching campus life in other ways.
I think that waiting on the NBA to change anything is a futile exercise. I like what baseball has done, but what about this?
1. Allow kids to continue to apply for any draft out of high school. If they do, they have cast their die. No college.
2. All student-athletes entering college as a freshman must stay for at least three years (maybe four?). The NCAA would require all these entering freshman student-athletes to sign a contractual agreement to that end. If they leave early for the pros (NBA or overseas), the agreement would require the student-athlete to indemnify the school in an amount commensurate with the number of years of college remaining when they bolted. We all know that full scholarships are year-to-year, but in general practice, they all last four years.
The superstars could/would write the check, but this approach might give pause to the guys with stars in their eyes. It would also send the message that college is first and foremost an institution of higher learning and a place that young people grow, mature and prepare themselves for life. It's not a farm system for the pros.
Any thoughts? Attorneys?
A bust is someone that pretty much sucks at basketball, like Hasheem Thabeet.
Would you consider Bobby Hurley, Jason Williams, and Grant Hill's career a bust?
Grant (#3) has played 34 thousand minutes and scored 17,044 points.
The #1 pick, Glenn Robinson of Purdue, retired with 25 thousand minutes and 14,234 points.
The #2 pick, Jason KIdd, has played 48 thousand minutes and scored 17,071 points.
The #4 pick, Donyell Marshall, played 25 thousand minutes and scored 10,716 points.
The #5 pick, Juwan Howard, has played 37 thousand minutes and scored 16,138 points.
The #6 pick, Sharone Wright, played under five thousand minutes and scored only 1,974 points.
Anyway, no player with 17 thousand points in the NBA is a bust.
As to reimbursing th college for the scholarship costs, somebody else can argue for it, but I can't.
I believe the contractual reimbursement would work, but I'm not an attorney either.
Last edited by Verga3; 04-28-2012 at 11:43 PM. Reason: Finished post
There was, several years ago, a young high school baseball player who managed to hide from MLB when he was first eligible for the draft. Instead he and his dad gamed the system, he was not drafted, and started out his career as a free agent. He was able to go with the highest bidder, and I believe he had a pretty good career. There would be mayhem if that was the norm, and the Yankees would be the top team in every sport. The draft is essential for fair competition, so some controls are necessary. Maybe a national sports commissioner to set reasonable rules for all levels of all sports would work, or not.
If a kid isn't interested in an education, they can go straight to the Associate, D-League or overseas.
If they want to go to college they should be required to stay 3 years and have some accountability for their grades/attendance to class.
The NBA is using college as a free D-League, so maybe the NBA requires guys to play in the D-League for a year before being drafted??? This allows them the year to play at a much higher level than high school while being evaluated and still get paid a considerable amount.
Seems like a win-win for everyone except Kentucky.
This California big man couldn't qualify at St. John's, still trying to "get his academics together" after trying it at the Phelps School in Malvern, PA for about a second and a half. Now he's interested in schools all over the map, from Rhode Island to New Mexico to DePaul to Nevada, but in the meantime, while he undoubtedly is mulling the course curricula of those and other institutions, he's with Buckets Academy, back in California. Buckets Academy, folks.
All I know is what I read, but kids like this sure don't seem like they belong in four year universities.