well that's just, like, your opinion, man
Obviously means more exposure considering LaLumiere (LaPorte, IN Prep School) is annually one of the best programs in HS Basketball, expect a huge jump in his ranking.
Mike Conley, the starting point guard for the Memphis Grizzlies, has become the highest paid player in the history of the NBA. His contract is reported to be worth 5 years for a whopping $153 million dollars! Holy Shit!
They signed him for 4 years for 130 millions with a player option for 5th year. That's a good signing and well deserved. He is coming off from an outstanding year with his 1st all-star appearance. He averaged 16 ppg and close to 15 rpg. He's only 22 and still has ways to go which is scary.
Xavier Simpson #3
Fred Wright-Jones #14
Jon Teske #15
Ibi Watson #23
Austin Davis #51
3 year deal, 18 M
So a big-time recruit selects Arizona, but now says he's not going to collge, he wants to go pro somewhere (this says Australia is likely) before heading into NBA draft.
I think this is GREAT and wish ALL of the one-and-doners do this. Let college be for guys who want to "play school," and stay 3-4 years. The NBA's 1-year rule is a joke, and is ONLY meant to save the NBA from themselves (read: bad draft picks like Kwame Brown). Plenty of other sports have kids to who pro at 18 or younger -- tennis, soccer, hockey, baseball, etc. Why should basketball be different? Because the NBA has been burned by its poor scouts and management and the inability to really determine good quality in a high school player, that's why.
Fine. If kids can't go straight to NBA, let them go earn a paycheck somewhere else legitmiately, instead of being paid under the table by bagmen and AAU guys.
I would love the day that Calipari has no 5-stars to recruit because they are all playing in Turkey or Spain or Italy or China. That will make college ball a LOT better.