In recent years, Final Fours haven’t provided nearly the bastion of evaluation treats that they did, say, as recently five or six years ago.
That, of course, is due to the race-to-the-NBA that the best prospects make once they enroll.
These days, any time a player identified as “elite” before he starts his freshman collegiate season is on NBA’s “early-entry” draft list by the spring of that freshman year.
The high school basketball season is coming to an end and while many schools compete for state championships, some of the national (and Canadian) powers gathered together in Kentucky for the inaugural Bluegrass National Championship. Here are some of the top prospects and their performances.
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By Aran Smith and Michael Visenberg
Following Iowa State and Baylor losses early Thursday afternoon, the Round of 64 was surprisingly chalky, meaning that most of the players in our pool lived to fight another day, but the second round delivered in excitement value and teams like Villanova, Virginia, and Kansas, which each offered several players to our pool, fell from contention. We’re still a long way from the finish line, and 5 or 6 competitors in our pool still have a pretty equal shot at victory, as we wait and see if a take-complementary-scorers-on-great-teams strategy wins out or if a gamble-on-high-scorers
Take a look around you. Absorb what you're watching. These moments only come around every couple of decades. A period of time in which we get to watch those that will later be known as masters putting their signature and artistic flair upon a craft and style that we all are already familiar with.
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