I understand where you're going with the thread and it certainly has merit. I would agree that the education thing is a pharse (sp?) because if anyone goes one year and then onto the NBA they could obtain a degree after their playing career is over at the school of their choosing. To a truly rational person the only concern would be which situation would best prepare you for your professional career as a basketball player. To that end I'm not sure I know the answer, but I think the crux of the issue would be whether playing against higher level competition in Europe would be better than the likely superior coaching at the elite schools here.
Also to be taken into account is that you could make money for that year in Europe which, if your NBA career is a bust, could be used to pay for the college education you passed on. In contrast, the year in college here would get you one year toward a degree and no money.
Would it be better for his career to go overseas? Probably... Will he do it? Highly doubtful
stupid players go overseas.
Exactly, but, the one thing that could happen is be good in college get a great contract and then become a bust. If you go to Europe you are more likely to exposed as a poor player than in college ( my opinion ). You are playing with older men and professionals that have played against better competition. I dont think there are many if any college teams that could beat the good Euro teams.
In the past, yes. But kids are developing much faster now and it is probably better long term to go over there and play better competition and learn a different style. It's already happening in Baseball. Chase Harper is a very good student and he skipped his senior year of HS to play JC baseball to get drafted sooner. Does that make him stupid? Not at all. In the near future you will see alot more kids taking the Europe approach.
No way a kid right out of high school is mature enough to live overseas and compete professionally with veteran players. Too many adjustments all at once for these kids to adapt.
It would be a terrible decision.
If it's all about the Benjamens, overseas is the way to go.
I'm underestimating anybody. I'm just not going to be foolish enough to say that anyone can handle whatever they want to try. A kid at 18 isn't ready for an unstructured life overseas, and isn't going to be competitive enough against veterans in a league with some unfamiliar rules.
No way should any kid right out of high school be doing that.
On the one hand, at least American teams don't have a reputation for failing to pay their players. Some kid going overseas, not knowing the area/culture/language, trying to find a place to live, and then not getting paid is in a really bad spot.
I really think that college is a much better place for these kids to spend some time growing up before they end up way out there on their own. 18 and 19-year olds just aren't real mature.
I agree with the mature part but I dont know that college has really helped. I cant think of any one player that benefited from going to college for a year. Maybe Rose out of Memphis improved his standing but for most players it just delays a big payday or shows that they are not worthy of one.