14 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, July 3, 1996
D Sporting Views:
arly entries into NBA will hurt
rofessional, college basketball
By Chris Farah
Dialy Sports Writer
The NBA Draft.
Those three words have by them-
selves represented fortune, fame and
possible stardom in the minds of profes-
sional basketball hopefuls for many
This year's NBA Draft was no differ-
ent - with one major exception.
This time, more than ever before, the
future millionaires who worried about
what kind of suit they would wear on
national television at the draft were.busy
worrying about what kind of tuxedos
they'd wear to their high school proms
just a few months ago.
Whether we like it or not, basketball
players are deciding to go pro at increas-
ingly younger ages. This year, the num-
ber of underclassmen who made them-
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John Wallace had to wait and wait before being picked 18th by New York in last
Wednesday's NBA Draft. Wallace, who opted to stay at Syracuse for his senior year
Instead of entering the 1995 draft, was selected behind two high school players.
seives eligible for the draft reached a
record-high 32, with three of those
young opportunists coming straight out
of high school.
With NBA teams using nine out of
their first 10 picks to select underclass-
men in last week's draft, the parade of
young talent out of the college ranks and
into the pros is just beginning.
Considering that two of the high school
players were chosen in the top 20 of the
draft, it wouldn't be surprising if even
high school athletic associations soon
have something to worry about.
Okay, so that may be exaggerating a
bit, but traditionalists everywhere are
panicking about the invaluable experi-
ence players are losing by forgoing their
college years, while praising players like
Syracuse's John Wallace for deciding to
stay all four years to improve different
aspects of their game.
But how did Wallace, whose extra
year of NCAA expetience gave him a
much improved all-around game and a
trip to the national championship game.
end itp doing'?
He was picked l 8th, behind both high
school players.- Kobe Bryant and
Jermaitne O'Neal - after pundits pre-
dicted Wallace to go anywhere it the top
So does it really mean much in the
long run for a player to get the most out
of competition at the college level by
staying all four years?
The answer is, there is no answer.
There will always be a Shawn Kemp,
who shines in the NBA without any col-
lege experience, a Grant H1ill, who
reaches sUperstardom after four strong
years at a nationally renowned program
like Duke, and aYinka Dare, who comes
out early with a lot of potential and
amounts to nothing in the NBA.
One thing is for certain, however. The
game of basketball to which fans have
become accustomed is going to suffer
on all levels -college and professional.
With players entering the NBA at ear-
lier and earlier ages, the NCAA will lose
out - not only on bona-fide stars like
Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas, who
were obviously ready for the NBA when
they left school as sophomores, but also
solid, burgeoning stars like Samaki
Walker and Stephon Marbury, who stil
hase a lot to learn and a lot to prove. I
the trend continues, March Madness
could eventually become March
Mediocrity, highlighted by lopsided vic-
tories instead of last-second heroics.
Don't think that the NBA won't also
It will still have its million-dollar
salaries and flashy promos. Yet with its
extremely demanding schedules allow-
ing less time for development of funda
mentals, the NBA will also face a dilut-
ed skill level. There will be plenty of
excitement, slam dunks and attitude, but
a lot less defense and heady play -
things which add intensity and suspense
to a basketball game.
Sure, basketball will survive. Just
look at everything baseball has gone
through in the past couple of years with-
out perishing, and that becomes obvious.
"The question is, will it even resemble
the sport fans have grown to love, or will
its increasing youth and inexperience
turn it into something as mature and
level-headed as the "X Games?"
Let's pray not, for all of our sakes.
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