High School ballers just water down the league, and waters down the college ranks as well.. Most of these high school ballers don't really show up until they learn to play at the pro level, and it's usually 2 to three years.
Meanwhile, we have to watch what's left struggle through the College season.
How much more spectacular would the college days been had we seen KG, J O'Neal, TMAC & Kobe dominating the college ranks while getting primed for the pros instead of watching them try to play as boys amongst men in the Pro ranks, sometimes riding pine because of poor discipline or foul trouble.
Think about it, most of these guys are just getting into their rhythm, just as they would have had they gone to college.
Injuries? Part of the game. What good is it to get a "Superstar" if he's injury prone (Vince Carter comes to mind , yes I know he finished college, but his injury prone NBA carrear is just such a good example. )
We'll be hearing from Tyson Chandler soon, but we didin't get to see him develop as a college player. We got to see him struggle as a boy in a man's game. He'll get there maybe.
LeBron will be around, in due time.
But you won't get to see him in the final four.
College makes lots of money on NCAA BBall, but it's going to be less and less with all the highschoolers going straight to the pros for the MONEY!
Rather than make theses guys starve and worry until they either quit college and go NBA or skip the college struggle all together, why not include a stipend that will take care of the athletes personal needs, and a bonus for getting a diploma, kinda like us regular Joes. You know if you have a sheepskin, you can get paid more FOR DOING THE SAME FRIGGING JOB! Why not let the same apply in the NBA?
Let the same folks that dole out the scholarships dole out the extra cash for the college students, with the amount recieved based on the GPA X difficulty of classes taken.
Why not share the product endorsements with the athletes that actually use the products??
Let those highschool phenoms represent us in the olympics, they so bad, make em prove it.