"New Jersey team tops High School rankings." --maxsports
It's time to place restraints on the whos-and-whats which can be discussed on a public forum, before the same problems that are occuring in college hoops are passed-on to the the high school game.
Bob Knight hit the nail on the head when speaking about John Calipari, and the state of college hoops. People can criticize Knight for his opinions, based upon his own track record through the years --but Knight's temporate issues as a college coach never compromised the ethical state of college recruiting, and ability of all teams to pursue athletes on a level playing field.
Players who came to Indiana, to play for Bob Knight, did so with a pretty fair idea what they were entering into --and many went there for that VERY reason. Be it right or wrong, his problems were to do with player-coach relationships (an internal issue), and never broad-ranging ethical issues; such as the kind that Calipari has been linked to.
In an attempt to increase readership, publications (such as Maxsports, and USA Today) are now using High School sports as a vehicle to increase their own appeal to our youth. That is only the beginning of the pimping that rots an old egg from the inside-out; and eventually you have more, and larger scavengers hovering around the prep scenes --leading eventually to almost certain corruption. Once a shell is breached, the white starts to seep out, and eventually, with it, goes the yoke.
Where do we draw the lines? If there are those of us who are unhappy with the current state of college basketball, then how can we not be concerened about what is to come for the high school version as well? After that, what next --on to the middle schools and grade schools? Where does it end; or should it have ended already?