With the news that the NCAA may ban scholarships to young players, there seems to be one general opinion : it's about time.
The AAU culture has taken away from college basketball a bit and much of that has to do with the fact that there are coaches watching 13-year old kids playing basketball and legitimately recruiting them.
What may be worse is the fact that those kids' parents are pimping them out in order to maximize that recruiting attention.
Is the possible ban going to end all this?
However, and this is something not said often at all, it is a case of the NCAA doing something right.
Whether some people like to admit it or not, covering young kids is robbing them of their youth in a sense.
From a young age, in sixth grade or less sometimes, these kids are written about and treated like heroes.
In addition, there is an insane amount of pressure put on these kids and it is something that you just have a feeling will lead to some kind of future trouble.
In the world of recruiting, there is no commitment until a LOI is signed. What happens when the sixth grader that commits does not reach the point the team wants him to and then the player is dropped midway through his senior year?
It is a problem that happens all too often and it happens because kids at that age are simply not ready to make a decision.
The NCAA has taken a big step to protect these kids just by circulating the idea, but it would be in the benefit of everybody involved if it actually came to fruition.
NCAA has good idea
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