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Augustin's bolt will cost UT a possible No. 1

Posted on: April 23, 2008 4:42 pm
 

Had D.J. Augustin returned to Texas the Longhorns would've been a serious candidate for preseason No. 1.

Without him, they are much less serious.

Which is why Wednesday's announcement that Augustin will forgo his final two years of college is crushing news to Rick Barnes, because no other program should take this big of a hit from a single perceived on-the-fence prospect this offseason. If North Carolina just loses one underclassman, it'll still be great. Same would've gone for Memphis or Kansas or UCLA. But Texas is the one program that couldn't afford to lose one specific guy because though Connor Atchley Damion James, Justin Mason, Gary Johnson and A.J. Abrams (yes, I believe he'll be back in school regardless of him 'declaring' for the NBA Draft) provide a nice nucleus, Texas will now be forced to play without its All-America point guard despite having no experienced (or attractive) alternative.

So yeah, this one hurt.

But it's difficult to blame Augustin for making the jump now.

He's been a fabulous two-year player, and as long as he's selected in the first round he'll be guaranteed to earn no less than $1.65 million over the next two years. In real-world terms, it'll take somebody who makes $50,000 per year 33 years to secure that same amount of money. So in that respect, Augustin's decision is a logical one, and now Texas is left to figure out how to get the ball up the court without him.
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Since: Jun 19, 2007
Posted on: April 27, 2008 2:57 pm
 

Augustin's bolt will cost UT a possible No. 1

UB I don't disagree with you about the recruiting pattern.  I remember when Cal first came to Memphis and brought in Duwanne Wagner it really upset the chemistry of the team because alot of the vets felt like DW was only there to score lots and showcase himself for the NBA.  Cal stayed away from one and dones for awhile (until Rose).  I think having better veterans (read guys who can make the NBA as well) who can control the locker room.

As far as taking the money, I certainly can understand someone who grew up in a poor area with little or no money wanting to cash in when they can.  I guess as fans we just have to remember that these are kids who are really in hurry to grow up.  Just like all of us where.  I remember wanting to own a house and have my own space.  These kids are no different.  We just have to remember that they are 19-20 year olds.




Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: April 24, 2008 4:47 pm
 

Augustin's bolt will cost UT a possible No. 1

I don't understand the whining about his article! It IS LOGICAL for young people who have been building their skills to try for a job that pays them some really serious bucks, instead of the peanuts they get for playing in college. We argue til we're blue in the face about them being better off if they come back for another year, but there is significant risks for coming back... getting injured, being compared to the "NEXT PHENOM", etc.



Since: Feb 13, 2007
Posted on: April 24, 2008 4:29 pm
 

Augustin's bolt will cost UT a possible No. 1

Check out Gary's new blog about the NC3.  Seems Mr. Parrish can't understand what's taking Tyler and the gang from deciding . . . . .



Since: Feb 13, 2007
Posted on: April 24, 2008 4:28 pm
 

Augustin's bolt will cost UT a possible No. 1

Well said, VB.  You must come from good stock!



Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: April 24, 2008 4:23 pm
 

Augustin's bolt will cost UT a possible No. 1

UB makes a great point. He is not saying that kids shouldn't go to the NBA whenever they want. HE IS SAYING THAT THEY SHOULDN'T BE FORCED TO GO TO COLLEGE FOR A YEAR BEFORE THE NBA.

What UB is trying to say is that the one-and-done rule is retarded and shouldn't be enforced. Kids should be allowed to go to the NBA right out of high school instead of wasting a scholarship for a year at a NCAA team. Then we won't have to deal with the Kevin Loves, OJ Mayos, Derrick Roses...etc....  Let them in the NBA when they are 18.




Since: Feb 13, 2007
Posted on: April 24, 2008 3:04 pm
 

Augustin's bolt will cost UT a possible No. 1

UB, the bottom line it is all about the $$$$$'s. EXACTLY MY POINT.  IT'S ALL ABOUT THE F--ING MONEY.  THAT'S WHAT I'VE BEEN SAYING ALL ALONG.   Gary P understand what is important. DON'T PUT WORDS IN GARY'S MOUTH.  I'M SURE GARY IS BRIGHT ENOUGH TO KNOW THAT LIFE IS NOT ALL ABOUT THE MONEY. It appears that you have a problem with kids coming out early to make money to take care of parents and themself.  NO, DON;T YOU READ MY POSTS?  GREAT!  LET THEM GET THAT MONEY.  TELL THE NBA TO REVOKE THE 19 YEAR OLD RULE.  MAY THEY ALL GO DIRECTLY TO THE BANK!  BUY MOM AND POP THAT HOME.   DO NOT PASS GO.  GET IT?  BTW, I DON;T THINK KEIN LOVE NEEDED TO BUY MOM AND POP A HOME.  I will teel them all to go for it and think about a degree later.  SAYS A LOT ABOUT YOU, THEN , DOESN'T IT?  ALL ABOUT THE DOUGH.  I HOPE YOUR WIFE NEVER LEAVES YOU FOR THAT BALDING DIVORCEE WITH A 7 FIGURE BANK ACCOUNT AND A RED FERRARI.  COULD YOU BLAME HER THOUGH?




Since: Feb 13, 2007
Posted on: April 24, 2008 2:59 pm
 

Augustin's bolt will cost UT a possible No. 1

Did  you not notice I was talking about the players who are good enough to make it?? ONCE AGAIN, IF THEY ARE GOOD ENOUGH TO MAKE IT, GO DIRECTLY FROM H.S. WE DON'T NEED THEM IN THE COLLEGE GAME TO HELP OUT THE NBA.  Its sole purpose is not for that no OK, SO NOW YOU ARE RETREATING...I GUESS IT IS 'SOMETIMES' A STEPPING STONE.  I'D RATHER THEY NOT 'STEP ON' THE COLLEGE COURT.  AGAIN, MY OPINION.  ...but how many times do you hear NBA scouts and GM's say "He should stay in college and develop his game more." YES, AND WE MUST DEFER TO THE NBA.  AFTER ALL, THEY ARE WHAT MATTERS!   I never said because its a stepping stone that they are not student-athletes. WELL, SCARLET, IF THEY ARE SOLELY IN COLLEGE AS A STEPPING STONE, THEN CALLING THEM STUDENT-ATHELETES AND MAKING THEM ATTEND CLASS IS A RUSE.  The fact is this is an environment where scouts can gauge the progress and talents of players who can potentially make the league. OF COURSE, AND THAT IS WHY UNIVERSITIES WERE FOUNDED.  TO GIVE NBA SCOUTS A PLACE TO GO TO GUAGE TALENT.  HERE'S A THOUGHT:  CREATE JUNGLE BALL U.  ALL OF THE 'STEPPING STONE' PLAYERS CAN 'ENROLL' AND PLAY HOOPS FOR A YEAR AGAINST THE OTHER 'STEPPING STONE' PLAYERS.  ALL THE SCOUTS CAN GO TO ONE LOCATION AND SEE THEM AGAINST THE BEST OF THE BEST.  OH WAIT.  THAT IS CALLED A MINOR LEAGUE.  THAT MIGHT COST THE NBA TOO MUCH MONEY. This is where the primary of the scouts go to see players...if its not a stepping stone then what would you call it?? SO NOW IT IS A STEPPING STONE.  ARE YOU SCHIZOPHRENIC?

It is where they develop their game to get to the NBA, if thats not a stepping stone then please inform me what is. OK, YEAH, BUT IT SHOULD NOT BE A STEPPING STONE.  THAT'S A RUSE.  For those players who do not have a chance of at the NBA basketball its used as a means to pay for their education so they get the degree to get that job.  MOST PLAYERS DON;T HAVE A CCHANCE TO PLAY IN THE NBA.  60 WILL GET DRAFTED EACH YEAR.  SOME WILL COME FROM EUROPE.  SO, LESS THAN 60 NCAA PLAYERS WILL MAKE TO THE NBA EACH YEAR.  THE OTHER APPROXIMATELY 3600 PLAYERS WILL NOT.  OF THE 60, SAY 3 TO 10 ARE ONE AND DONES.  SO, LET THEM GO DIRECTLY TO THE NBA.  THAT'S ALL I'M SAYING.  WHY DO WE HAVE A 19 YEAR OLD RULE FOR THE LESS THAN ONE PERCENT KOBE/LEBRON/MAYO/LOVE TYPE PLAYER.  LET THEM GO, DAMMIT!

In order to make sure athletes go to class they have eligibility rules. BUT WHY?  WHY HAVE THESE MAYO/BEASELY/LOVE PLAYERS GO TO CLASS.  WHO ARE THEY TRYING TO FOOL?  ELIGIBILITY FOR WHAT?  TO BOLT AFTER ONE YEAR.  C'MON! AND YOU CALL ME IGNORANT? Your ignorance blinds you. I BELEIVE THE BLINDFOLD IS OVER YOUR EYES. WHY DO YOU CARE SO MUCH?  ARE YOU LIVING VICARIOUSLY OFF THESE STARS?  HMMMM?  HOW ABOUT IT.  I KNOW WHY I CARE.  IT'S CALLED CHARACTER/INTEGRITY/  It also does not hamper the development of a player. They go to college not just to develop their game but to become mature as an adult. IF THAT IS THE CASE, DID KOBE NOT MATURE?  LEBRON?  WHAT, THEY NEEDED NO MATURATION? But my point is....for those destined for the NBA college is the stepping stone, and the resume builder for the NBA.  SORRY, BUT THE NCAA IS NOT MONSTER.COM.  IF THEY ARE THAT GOOD, THEY DON'T NEED THE NCAA.

RESPECTFULLY,

UB




Since: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: April 24, 2008 2:52 pm
 

Augustin's bolt will cost UT a possible No. 1

UB, the bottom line it is all about the $$$$$'s.  Gary P understand what is important.  It appears that you have a problem with kids coming out early to make money to take care of parents and themself.  I will teel them all to go for it and think about a degree later.




Since: Apr 17, 2008
Posted on: April 24, 2008 2:35 pm
 

Augustin's bolt will cost UT a possible No. 1

Did  you not notice I was talking about the players who are good enough to make it?? Its sole purpose is not for that no...but how many times do you hear NBA scouts and GM's say "He should stay in college and develop his game more." I never said because its a stepping stone that they are not student-athletes. The fact is this is an environment where scouts can gauge the progress and talents of players who can potentially make the league. This is where the primary of the scouts go to see players...if its not a stepping stone then what would you call it??

It is where they develop their game to get to the NBA, if thats not a stepping stone then please inform me what is. For those players who do not have a chance of at the NBA basketball its used as a means to pay for their education so they get the degree to get that job.

In order to make sure athletes go to class they have eligibility rules. Your ignorance blinds you. It also does not hamper the development of a player. They go to college not just to develop their game but to become mature as an adult. But my point is....for those destined for the NBA college is the stepping stone, and the resume builder for the NBA.



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: April 24, 2008 2:32 pm
 

Augustin's bolt will cost UT a possible No. 1

Nice sentiment, really.

It's all about the money.



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