Oh, Vizzini, don't say that!
Mitch Mcgary If he chooses is eligable for 2012 NBA Draft
I know hodes! whos this? slattery?
Ahhhhh dammit. I swore I saw TomVH. Your name makes me sad.
I'm starting to grow sick of these rules limiting the age of players going pro in certain sports. I was originally a fan of it, but it also creates a lot of the problems we have in college sports.
Too many guys think they're pros already, they just aren't allowed in yet. If these guys were allowed to go pro whenever they thought they were good enough, many of these problems wouldn't exist. This is not in reference to McGary, just the concept in general.
I say let them go pro.
I'm showing my ignorance here, but is McGary really good enough to skip college ball entirely like Garnett and Kobe? Honest question.
I'm not an expert on evaluating players for their NBA potential, but over the last year McGary blew up into a top prospect—someone who could be a one-and-doner and who is already projected as a lottery pick for the 2013 draft. With another year of development under his belt, who knows? Keep in mind he'll be at the advanced age of 20 at time of the 2012 NBA draft, plus unlike Garnett and Kobe he won't be going directly from 12th grade to the NBA but from an extra year of prep school.
If you're good enough to be a one-and-done, you're almost certainly good enough to go pro straight out of high school. I doubt the one year of college makes a huge difference for these guys' development.
It wasn't just Garnett and Kobe that went pro straight out of HS and succeeded. LeBron, Dwight Howard, McGrady, Jermaine O'Neal, Amare Stoudamire, Eddy Curry, Al Harrington, and Rashard Lewis were some others. And there are guys like Kwame Brown, who may not have lived up to expectations, but has nevertheless stuck around for 10 years in the pros. There clearly are quite a few high school seniors who have an NBA-ready game. It's not that exceptional.