Early Entry into the NBA Causes a Negative Impact on Professional Sports

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Abstract: Basketball players who enter the NBA early are not ready for the NBA. Early entry into the NBA by high school and college basketball players has had a negative affect on the college basketball program, the NBA, and the players themselves. Each year the number of early entries in the NBA rises more and more. In 1997, 47 basketball players entered the NBA draft early, and the number has risen since then. The college basketball program is drained of talent due to players leaving early. The high school players that go directly into the NBA are hurting the college program because they never contribute to the college program at all. The NBA now has to deal with a higher level of immaturity and disrespect by young players. …show more content…
Judging by this, the NBA has no standard whatsoever for entry. One only has to be 18 years of age and breathing and somebody can scout you. A player staying four years in college is about as unique as Moses Malone was 22 years ago when he entered the American Basketball Association, also known as the ABA, straight out of high school. High school and college basketball players entering the NBA early are effecting the college programs, the NBA, and themselves in negative ways.

The college basketball program suffers from players leaving early to play in the NBA. College coaches are used to recruiting players, but now they have to concentrate on keeping the players. Many players are leaving college early and now there are few seniors on the teams. "There are no great upperclassmen anymore," said Purdue coach Gene Keady (Curtis). Coaches have begun to develop schemes not just on how to attract star players but also how to keep them. Former Kentucky coach, Rick Pitino, is in favor of making freshmen ineligible for varsity competition. Making freshmen ineligible for varsity competition would make the college program more structured. "Quite frankly I think the college game is in serious trouble. I think the NBA is in serious trouble in the long run," said Pitino.

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