To add to this .. the colleges have a great system of insulation, great compliance departments, they educate the players what to watch for/watch out for .. the kids have a great support system. HS's have NONE of that and kids are lied to, hyped up, and too often ruined or ruin their chances..
Just making sure you saw post #2013, orangello. No need to reply, just making sure you got all my reasoning..
The thing that bothers me are players like Wiggins (who is an extreme example) and others like Bazz. They seem to already have enough talent to be in the league so why make them wait?
Again, I understand the crap that you allow at the HS level if you do that. I just wanted to get my opinion out there.
There are very bright HS students that would make a brilliant engineer, but lack the maturity and training to immediately be worth hiring by an engineering firm. It's not all bad that these kids go to school for a year, learn to play as a team (most never have), learn responsibility at a higher level, learn about the NBA 'game' (the best coaches help the kids with how to handle the finances, how to handle agents, etc), learn how to handle a brighter spot light, and gain a year of maturity .. not to mention honing their skills another year.
On the other side they won't give their players with potential all of the playing time that they need to be ready to make a serious impact by year 2 or year 3 of their NBA careers. They also won't deliberately tank in order to add top talent to their roster via the draft.
We are stuck in this ugly limbo thing and it is getting harder and harder to support.
If players had a chance to leave out of high school the team that I am a fan of might take a risk and be able to snatch someone that is a future superstar but they are underrated because they are coming out of high school.
I know there are a lot of holes in that theory but it is more realistic than the other scenarios that I outlined at the beginning of this rant.
I'd like to see at 2 year college minimum. Just my opinion.
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