NCAA president Mark Emmert pushes on the panic button as he expresses his concern over college basketball players who are willing to let go of their playing eligibility years in order to jump ship over to the professional league.
Emmert wants college players to evaluate and reflect on their future decisions as it will greatly impact their lives. As stated in USA Today, Emmert is working to find ways for college athletes to priorities finishing school and earning a degree rather that opting to their chances of getting drafted into the professional league and later on having regrets over their decisions.
This came after 75 players from the NCAA, who are all underclassmen, have been invited to the NBA combine that would assess if their potential skill is worthy of a NBA career. Emmert wants college athletes to look at all angles and get the best data so that they can assess if they are really ready to enter into the professional league.
“Nobody wants to burst anybody’s bubble. But on the one hand, there are 5,500 Division I men’s basketball players right now. The NBA draft takes, what, 60? Sixty out 5,500. So you don’t have to be a math major to figure out that’s a real low probability of success,” Emmert said.
Emmert wants college athletes to go on and test if they really have what it takes to be an NBA player and if otherwise, come back, finish school and get some more playing years to hone their skills. He adds that some may make it to the NBA and some may not, but at least they have a diploma that could be their ticket to life as a whole.
According to hoopsvibe there are only three out of 10,000 high school basketball players that gets into the pro while there are about roughly 48 college players that would likely be picked during draft day.
In a report over CNBC, Emmert wants to make sure that the college athletes get the degrees that they deserve that would set them for their future and not just the three to four percent of those making it ever to the NBA and be successful.
“The excitement and energy of March Madness, really a magical sporting event, is driven in large part that these are student athletes. They’re not professional athletes. They’re not what some people are arguing they should become, which is unionized employees of the university,” Emmert explained.
And Emmert is not just emphasizing on basketball but also with other sports in the NCAA. Emmert assumed office as president of the NCAA in 2010 and the association is comprised of over 1,100 universities and colleges, over 19,000 teams, and over 460,000 students.
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