Players with Noel's talent should seriously consider playing overseas for a year in lieu of a change to the current system. Brandon Jennings went to Italy before getting drafted by the Bucks and he made $2 million in the process.
However, gaining knowledge and discipline is never a bad idea. How many athletes have made tons of money and been conned into wasting it. Ali comes to mind, but there are many others. Some business finance and accounting can be very useful, as just one example.I agree, but they don't take those courses... they take non-value added cupcake courses like Sports Physiology and other classes associated with questionable majors (Sociology, etc.).
There is one aspect that is never mentioned when it comes to the on-and-done rule.
So many people blame the NBA for having the rule. But to me, just as much if not more blame goes towards those High Schools players (and their agents and families) that prior to the rule, flooded the NBA draft. There were so many players that had no business going into the draft out of high school to begin with prior to the rule. I am not trying to stick up for the NBA, but they have become somewhat of a scapegoat.
Now I will agree with what someone said earlier in this thread. I have said for a long time to structure a "minor league" system such as MLB has. Once they have established that, then I think it would greatly ease this argument.
“My role is to play D and take open shots — that’s it,” he said. “And I’ve accepted that role.”[http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/24/s
I don't buy into the premise that all, or even a large part of Jocks are not capable of learning. Whatever time is spent in school is a good thing.Rune,
What are students at college to do? To prepare themselves to get a job in their field of their choice. They aren't there to be athletes.
What are the Big Time athletes there to do? To prepare themselves to get a job in their SPORT. They aren't there to be acoountants.
Why do you expect these two different groups to do the same types of classes? Why would the athletes take nasty hard classes that take a lot of time? That time just makes it harder for them to do what they are there to do. Do regular student athletes spend hours a day in the gym working out? Of course not. By why not? Because they aren't there to learn to be a pro athlete. They're there to learn to be a "pro" accountant.
I went to school to get a degree in Management Information Systems (mix of Computer Science and Business basically). I needed some math and science courses as a requirement. I took a BS easy-a$$ college algebra and astronomy classes and got an A+ without having to put much time into it at all even though I could have taken much tougher courses. WHY? Because it allowed me to spend more time working at the classes I was there to do. HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT?
That's a HUGE stereotype and is largely innacurateI am not saying among all athletes in general. I am talking the superstar athletes who didn't have the high quality upbringing.