High School To The NBA

October 16, 2017 | | Comments Off on High School To The NBA

Sports have many different levels and it’s every high school basketball players dream to one day play at the highest level. There are millions of kids all around the world dreaming to one day play in the NBA. For very few this isn’t just a dream but a reality. This reality doesn’t just start after college, but some young athletes have the ability to go to the NBA right out of college.


Village Christian High School basketball player said “this rule does not make sense and might help colleges but hurts the NBA. If the NBA could draft high school kids this would potentially grow more young super stars and also help develop the D league.”


The D league is the Developmental league for the NBA. This is a lot like the minor leagues for baseball. If a kid is not quite ready for the NBA they will go to the D league and work on their game.


The NBA has not always had the “wait one year before getting drafted” rule. This rule started in 2006 and states that the player must be 19 years old and at least one year removed from high school.


Morningside athlete Joe Genoways said, “there is no good reason for the NBA to make this rule. Basketball isn’t too dangerous for kids out of high school, I mean, look at LeBron James, he went right out of high school and his career turned out pretty well.” It makes sense for the NFL to make kids go to college first because it’s just too dangerous for kids fresh out of high school to go right to the NFL. Kids would get hurt if not killed out there. The NBA is only putting the kid at risk of injury at the college level and never getting the opportunity to see a professional start.


Who is really benefitting here? Mitch Kellogg, a Morningside student athlete goes on to say “the colleges are the only ones benefitting here. They are making superstar kids make the university’s lots of money before they are able to go to the pros.”


When you are talking about sports after high school it turns the love of the game to the love of money really quick. It turns into a business for the college, NBA, and young kid. It doesn’t seem fare for a NBA ready high school student to have to wait to get drafted. This puts unnecessary risk on a kid that loves to play basketball.


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