Point of View
UNITED STATES—It is a discussion so many student athletes have time and time again while in college. When it comes to professional sports what is the likelihood of being drafted if I leave school? It’s not a decision that can be made on a whim; it takes time to process both the pros and the cons.
This discussion is at the forefront this week as the Michigan Wolverines found themselves playing for the NCAA Championship Game against the Louisville Cardinals. One of the star athletes for the Wolverines is sophomore Trey Burke. The guy is beast on the court. To see him play a pivotal role in helping his team defeat one of the best basketball teams in the country the Kansas Jayhawks, he proved he is a force to be reckoned with.
Burke faced a difficult dilemma after his freshman year at
Some would say he should stay in school, but in my opinion it’s a wise decision for him to enter the draft because he would be in high demand right now. If he were to stay in school and play with
This is not a piece advocating athletes to choose a professional career over their education, we all know an education is the best thing you can obtain. The key issue is that you can always go back to school to complete your undergraduate studies. People do it all the time. I would like to see the NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL perhaps implement some sort of restriction on athletes from having to make such a difficult decision at an early point in their lives. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to make it possible for all athletes to at least be in their senior year in college before they are able to enter the draft.
It’s worth noting many athletes grow tremendously during their collegiate years, so leaving early can hurt them. The NBA is nothing like the collegiate level of basketball which some players fail to realize; it’s a business and anyone is expendable. You get injured, your time continually loses: you’re at risk of being traded from one team to the next; you could even it up wondering what your next move may be. To enter the draft without your degree can be risky, but to not enter the draft when you’re at your prime can be risky as well. It’s a double-edge sword; there are pros and cons to both, overall the athlete himself has to make the choice.
Think carefully about what it is you WANT, and what you believe is the best choice for you at the current stage in your life. Once you make the decision to enter the draft it’s a whole new ballgame!
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