College Is A Waste Of Time For Athletes

1616 WordsMay 17, 20177 Pages
2.3 is the GPA a student athlete needs to be eligible for college sports (Gregorian and Wishart). It is understandable that with a busy student athlete schedule getting all Cs or higher in school is a challenge, but the benefits of graduating college before going to the NBA outweigh the positives of skipping college and going straight to the pros. High School stars do not oftem look into the advantages college provides, which is a huge mistake. While some NBA prospects feel college is a waste of time, in reality, potential pro athletes are best served by attending college in order to prepare them for the future. Some may argue that college is a waste of time for talented athletes due to money, grades, and choices. Currently, athletes…show more content…
Theoretically, it would appear that athletes are more successful without college, but that is extremely rare. First off, players considering going to the NBA will have their draft stock grow by graduating college before going to the Pros. But in some disappointing examples, teams take gambles with unknown teenagers and most times they do not pan out. A perfect example would be high school phenom Leon Smith, he grew up homeless bouncing around from orphanage to orphanage, when an NBA paycheck was placed in front of him he could not resist. The Dallas Mavericks were not aware of Smith’s tortured past when selecting him in the first round; playing only a handful amount of games in the NBA his career did not work out (Coomes). Who knows how his career would have played out if he went to college before the pros. Mark Tracy would agree with that story in his 2016 article where he declares, “It’s no secret that the NBA would prefer most players to stay in college for longer.” That statement can be translated to the equation: longer one stays in college, higher the draft pick. Many factors lead into scouts wanting players to compete in college for longer, one example from Kiki Vandeweghe, Basketball operations VP for NBA, explains familiarity, “The longer you stay in school and play, the more information we would have about you… the more familiar we would be with your game, the better predictor you can have for success.”
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