The King Is Dead? LeBron Surrenders His Crown

May 12th, 2010 by Marcus Shockley Leave a reply »

Several years ago, I was met with vocal opposition as I railed against the NBA’s sudden explosion of drafting high school kids. My argument, which hasn't wavered since, was based on two core tenets:

NBA scouts were drafting on hype, not actual ability Players need some experience in a top-down, coaching environment against solid competition My number one example at the time was Darius Miles, who had just been drafted and was expected to be the next superstar phenom. I argued that even though Miles had tons of ability, I would prefer that he play at least a year in college or even the NBDL. While there, Miles could see how he actually plays against men his own size.

I’ll revisit a bit of that argument and then explain why this is relevant today.

When you are a teenager, you develop the body of an adult. You think you are an adult, but you aren’t.

Let’s take for example, outside of basketball and physical ability, adults who return to college later in life. In every single study, older students, even students just in their late 20s, do significantly better than younger students.

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