- Jan 15, 2004
I agree. Currently I think there is no long term harm for prospects leaving school early (it might be beneficial).
If the goal is maximizing the first contract (perhaps not unreasonable), then going back to school to become a potential 1st round pick with more guaranteed money might make some sense.
But a top recruit that doesn't do well in his first season and ends up 2nd round/undrafted isn't going to have a worse long term outlook by going pro.
i don’t think it is even close anymore as to which route is best for a player to develop an NBA game…….and you get paid for it too. The old adage of “xyz would have benefited from another year in school” is so 1990’s.In addition (and I have ZERO evidence this was the case here), a prospect could decide that his college program simply isn't getting him what he needs in relevant reps and skill development, and could bet on himself being able to absorb instruction better in a G-League setting.
There are enough guys who have made significant improvements in their G-League stints (many of them 3-4 year college guys) that it's not crazy to want to get a jump on that process.
College: NCAA restricts amount of practice time per week. Asst coaches primary responsibility is to recruit. You get to play under NCAA rules against zone defenses and in a non-NBA system.
Pro: Unlimited practice time with professional coaches, skill trainers, and nutritionists. Developmental coaches primary job is to develop the young players skillset. You get to play under NBA rules in an NBA system.
if you ever find yourself saying, “xyz could have benefitted by staying in school” please reconsider your position.