Does that player look familiar? If not, it is Rick Rickert and for numerous reasons I will not go into the situation in detail.
However, the gist of the story is that he wanted to go to Arizona, everybody knew he wanted to go to Arizona and in the end, his parents would not let him go to Arizona.
Where is he now?
Unfortunately, cases like Rickert's are becoming more common. The way the LOI process is set up, what a student thinks means absolutely nothing. Prep school athlete and similar obviously have more rights because they are above 18, but the regular high school athlete must do what his parents want.
With word that Anthony Stover truly wanted to go to Arizona, but his parents could not escape the fact that they felt UCLA was a better choice, Arizona was once again effected by the decision of a player's parent.
The reality of the situation says that the UA is definitely not the only school and obviously will not be the last. Taylor King's father got involved in his recruitment when it looked like UCLA may not have been sending as much love as they could have liked and again, King is at a school that he may not necessarily want to truly be at.
Do we blame the parents in the situation? It really depends on the actions. If the reason for wanting the athlete to go to one school over another is because of a lack of exposure, then the parents are certainly to blame. After all, they would be robbing their child of the opportunity he wants in order to make sure that they receive the opportunity that they want.
However, if they want their son to go to another school because it truly is the best situation, how can you blame the parents? Sure you can make the argument that the player is a man now and must learn from his decisions, but it is difficult for a parent to separate from their child in order to start this process.
There is a good chance that Anthony Stover will never develop at UCLA because of the talent around him and the fact that the minutes will never be there to allow him to do so. However, he will get a good education and be closer to home and because of this, some may feel that the parents are not to blame.
The true answer, however, will come in the future. As for now? The Stover family is likely happy, as well they should be.
Parents' involvement a reality
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