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New Elligibility Rules, how will this effect basketball?

Discussion in 'Buckeye Basketball' started by Xevious, Feb 29, 2004.

  1. Xevious

    Xevious Recovering Arcade Junkie

    I was browsing through the Football recruiting forum and ran into this thread regarding new eligibility requirements for 2005 and 2008.

    Does anyone have an opinion on how this will effect basketball? Will we have more players trying to jump to the NBA?

    I'm not sure if I'm correct on this but I've always had the impression that there are more HS basketball players than football players who can't qualify academically. The extensive use of JUCO schools probably gave me this impression.
  2. LightningRod

    LightningRod Senior

    I have never seen any stats that show that basketball athletes have more academic qualifying problems than football athletes. Basketball players certainly have more options at their disposal, namely the NBA and foreign (mainly European) leagues. The NCAA continues to impose higher qualifying academic standards on students, and given the fact that many students have a hard time qualifying under the "old" standards, I would expect more students who play either sport will have academic qualification problems in the future. It will be interesting to see the entrepreneur who ultimately steps in and offers a minor football league alternative to NCAA football. The Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time-Player League may be right around the corner.

    On a side note, look at Coach Foster (yeah, yeah, I know it's women's sports, but there is a point to be made here). Every single player he recruited in his 25 years as a coach at St. Joseph and Vanderbilt finished school with a degree. 25 years with a 100% graduation rate. There is no need for student to be a mutually exclusive word with athlete.

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