NBA Draft 2012: Don’t Cry for Kentucky’s Phenom Freshmen Who Left Early

May 1st, 2012 by Kendrick Marshall Leave a reply »
David J. Pate Jr.'s heart is broken after seeing that Kentucky's entire starting five decided to enter June's NBA draft.

Pate, who is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, wrote a piece that appeared on CNN's website lamenting how these poor African-American young men had no other option but to forgo their collegiate and social experiences to chase a professional basketball dream.

Unlike Pate, my heart does not break for Anthony Davis, Doron Lamb, Terrence Jones, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague.

I applaud them. I give a one-man standing ovation to the group of underclassmen for making the proper business decision. 

It's not as if these kids are dropping out of school to get into the pornography industry.

So many talking heads, Monday morning quarterbacks, former curmudgeon head coaches and flat-out haters (I couldn't think of a better word) chide student-athletes for cheating the integrity of all that is wholesome and amateur about college basketball to pursue wealth.

What 95 percent of us fail to realize is that not all one-and-done ...

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