I’ve long been an advocate of students going to college for a year to enjoy playing video games, watching ESPN and ordering pizza until late at night. I love my time at university and I feel that everyone should get that opportunity (especially when a school is willing to pay for that). Why wouldn’t athletes take this opportunity to enjoy their youth for a couple more years before basketball becomes corrupted by agents and greed?
Brian McCormick wrote a great column today that’s starting to change my opinion. In his column he wrote, “Why force a kid into college? If he was not a basketball player, he would not go to college; he would join the Army, go to a junior college, get a job with UPS, etc. Going to college is not for everyone; why force every prospective college basketball player to attend college? Why not have USC give its scholarship and $100,000 education to a student-athlete who intends to stay more than one year and might benefit from the education?”
McCormick makes a couple other strong points but finished his article with this gem, “Let Davon Jefferson enter the draft; heck, encourage him. If he is not good enough to play in the NBA next season, send him to the NBDL; after all, that’s what the NBDL is for: development. There is no need for such an apathetic student to masquerade as a student-athlete just to further his basketball career. Universities should not serve as a minor league and abdicate its responsibilities to educate; the NBA, through the NBDL, should accept and train Jefferson and similar non-student athletes.”
For the full article by Coach McCormick click here.