Livingston: Is Someone Already Out?

With fans from Duke, Arizona, Illinois, and North Carolina fretting daily over the decision of Illinois point guard Shaun Livingston, there has always been a fifth option for the nation's top play maker in the form of the NBA. After taking a week to sort through his first two official visits, Livingston's plans have been refocused.

"Shaun is still sorting things out from the two visits, " said Reggie Livingston, "but one thing we know is that he's not going to the NBA."

Despite being projected as a first round draft choice, the elder Livingston said his son is not prepared for the league either mentally or physically coming out of high school.

"I told him that after three years he'd be back home with no college degree, walking the streets. We've talked to NBA scouts who love him, but who have said he's just not ready for the league right now. Shaun knows that the NBA is full of grown men who have put the time in the gym and who are physical specimens. He'll get there, but he's not there right now."

Aside from the physical and mental aspects, this is also being looked at as a business decision by the Livingston camp.

"Shaun would like to go to school for three years and get a degree," that way he's got everything: A college degree and he could play himself into a top three draft pick."

With the NBA placed on the back burner for now, the Livingston family will return their attention to the rollercoaster ride that is big time college recruiting starting tomorrow with an in-home visit with Arizona head coach Lute Olsen. Livingston will then trip to Tuscan to take in the Wildcats' Midnight Madness festivities on October 17th before wrapping up his visits with a trip to Illinois on October 24th.

Once he finishes up his visits, fans from the four finalists will then be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel according to the elder Livingston, but not before.

"Shaun knows it's important to be a man of your word. He told me that he's committed to taking all his official visits, and that is what he's going to do. He said he wants to follow through and make sure he gets to see everything before making a decision. I don't think anything is going to change that."

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