Coaches across the NCAA experience a moment of chaos, but this isn’t anything new.
It is safe to say the NCAA sports world is now one of the most unpredictable things today. One used to be able to predicate a semi-accurate march madness bracket. Numerous coaches through the NCAA didn’t even know 3 months ago that members of their roster would return for another season.
Not every coach’s roster is ever going to remain the same. Players transfer in and out, new student-athletes hopeful to start a promising collegiate career, and seniors say their farewells and embark on their new lives.
Now that the NCAA has allowed a one-time transfer rule, student-athletes can be eligible to play. This affects the dynamics of a roster. A star-studded athlete can feel threatened by the arrival of a grad transfer who plays the same position and with that may close the chapter of that team or even college ball.
With the NBA draft quickly approaching, NBA hopefuls can test the waters and declare for the draft and possibly make a return to college hoops if that dream is unattainable this year. The NBA has had its ups and downs. Teams were built on just trades alone, from the Miami Heat with D.Wade, Lebron James, and Chris Bosh to Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and Klay Thompson with Golden State Warriors.
Do you think that student-athletes should attempt a preview of NBA life? Personally, the NCAA shouldn’t allow for this.
One, the dynamic of the roster is affected. 15 players can be on a roster. Think about how a late signee’s life might be altered if a player decides to return after a failed attempt at going pro.
Two, with NIL deals, completely changing NCAA sports as we know it, the rush to pro-life is almost non-existent. Student-athletes are not only able to provide for their families but can set themselves up on the right path once their time as student-athlete comes to an end. And, on top of that, they can come out of college with a degree.
1% of college athletes go pro and even a smaller amount can play professionally overseas. Some of these student-athletes work their entire lives towards one day turning pro but fail to obtain a college degree in the process. Yes, Lebron James is one of the few that did not obtain a college degree and is successfully making his mark in the NBA.
College basketball players shouldn’t be able to “ dip their toes in the water.” In life, we aren’t able to test-run our future careers like the student-athletes are. It’s not as simple as putting your academic career on a halt to get expert advice on your “ranking” in the said field then resume back to your previous life as of nothing happened to one day hope in the next year you are ranked higher.
The NCAA will always have madness but the madness will continue if “testing the waters” is still evident in future years.