Nick Calathes and Ogolsby are going overseas too. Does anyone see this trend coming fast?
It appears kids are starting to go overseas feeling they will get more experience and dough from the leagues over there. They get more access to better coaching and training. In college they are only aloud to work on their games for a certain amount of hours a day over there unlimited. It is becoming obvious more and more kids are going to do this. Do you agree that these kids who are choosing to make basketball their profession are making the right decision? Did what Jennings do just start a problem for college basketball and recruiters?
Wouldnt most of these kids end up playing over seas anyway. Overseas leagues are riddled with NCAA players that knew they wouldnt make it in the league.
As far as making the right decision, its apparent they love basketball and its what they want to do with their lives.
The only problem I see this causing the NCAA is that kids that programs recruit as being 4 year players because they arent good enough to make the jump into the league will now be leaving school early to play overseas.
When David Stern invisioned a global basketball market did he think it would only benefit the NBA?
I think these guys are making the right choice because the NBA is not giving these guys the option to play for money in a league that has shown over the past 14 years that basketball is the 1 major team sport where a guy straight from high school can come straight in and compete.This will become a problem if they don't get with the program they have so many options that they aren't taking advantage of.The NBA should simply adopt the MLB's draft rules players should be able to get drafted out of high school , and if they do decide to go to school they should have to stay for 2 years.They should maybe even look at going to a 3 round draft and also let players get drafted and continue to play in college.You just look at the past year you had a guy go straight from school to Europe,A pretty good 6 million dollar player in Josh Childress opt to play in Greece rather than play in the NBA.You also have players going out early and deciding to go straight over seas.And now you have a highly rated junior in high school opting to get his GED and playing with europeans.You also have foreign players getting drafted in the NBA that opted to stay abroad because the NBA refuses to get with it,they should let NBA teams pay for the buyouts.They should also take into account that these foreign guys are not rookies meaning the rookie pay scale shouldn't apply the same way.And also look to using that 3rd round in the draft to bolster the NBDL and make it more appealing with more players that you know because it would be alot of young guys and also allow players to be allocated to the NBDL for more than 2 years.Sorry didn't mean to preach I just love the game and I think the young guys should be given the option to be pros because guys have shown it can be done.
small, strong fowards with decent athleticism and small, shooting, quick point guards are the best Euro positions to play so guys like Dejaun Blair, Luke Harangody,Patty Mills, and Josh Akognon should all consider overseas if their NBA careers dont pan out
I was very bummed when I found out that he was going overseas. As a Bulls fan, with the rumors about trading Hinrich for an all-star PF made me excited because I knew that Calathes could fall to them with the 26th pick and they could take him. He is exactly like Hinrich, a bit taller, because he is a great combo guard and has good court vision. I hope this trend doesn't continue though, it seems that the players who don't think they'll go in the first round, or the ones who don't get enough playing time seem to head overseas and it's a shame that they do.
I agree with you that the NBA should let these kids go from high school. I also agree with the 3 rounds in the draft and how it would help the NBDL. Those were all great points. I think Nick Calathes can play in the NBA. I don't think he would be a star, but the kid has game good enough to be effective in the NBA.
Calathes may be 2 too weak to play but I liked his game. He was the most underrated player in the nation to me, but players with his IQ usually find a way to survive in the NBA despite a lack of strength and or athletic ability
I think its an fantastic idea not only are the players better overseas it gives the younger players a chance to work on their game at a higher level. I also like this because now it seems since the NBA changes its rules so that no players can enter the NBA draft straight from high school. Good for them they actually want to go out and play ball. Rather than play for college which is slowly dieing.
keep Clathes in your drafts!!!! just move him down to late 2nd round...trust me!!!