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Trivia Tidbit Of The Day: Part 124 -- National Basketball Association.

The NBA-

I support the NBA's decision to implement an age requirement of 19. But my motives are not necessarily pure. I prefer college basketball, and I prefer seeing high school players attend school for at least a year. It's just my preference. The University of Texas just recently got burned by one of its star high school recruits, who chose to go to the NBA rather than UT. Best of luck to him, but I think he would have been better off developing his game for a year in college, rather than warming the bench in the NBA.

One argument for the age requirement (still just 19) is that individuals may learn more discipline and maturity in college than kids who jump to the NBA straight from high school. Thus, college attendees are less likely to get into off-the-court trouble, right?

Well, there is some interesting new research that indicates those who attend all four years of college are actually MORE LIKELY to get into trouble off the court than those who skip college.

For example:

41.4% of NBA players went to school for 4 years.
57.1% of arrested NBA players went to school for 4 years.


8.3% of NBA players attended no college at all.
4.8% of arrested NBA players attended no college at all.

Sports Law Blog (via Marginal Revolution).

Lots more interesting stuff there. International players, for example, are better behaved than American players.


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Posted by Will Franklin · 31 July 2005 09:08 AM


I'm not sure what to make of a statistic like that. Maybe the delayed adolescence but independence of the college experience leads to less than responsible behavior? Maybe the HS kids that go directly in get closer attention from the coaches and management, to try to prevent the irresponsible behavior.

Bottom line: draft good kids.

Posted by: Giacomo at July 31, 2005 09:41 PM