by Mitch Moise
As the college basketball season wines down, many players in their freshmen year are deciding whether or not to return back to school. Recently Austin River, son of the Boston Celtics basketball coach Doc Rivers, decided to forgo his college basketball career and enter the NBA Draft. Rivers a freshmen at Duke University had a good season, helping lead the Blue Devils to the NCAA Tournament. It is has become the norm, for many top college prospects to leave after their freshmen year and enter the draft.
In doing so, this idea has hurt many college teams, NBA teams as well as hurt the players career because he was not ready for the big times.
In 2006, the rule was enforced that an athlete must be at the age of 19 before it enters the NBA Draft. Since the rule was created in 2006, many athletes have not been ready for the big transition from college to the pros. This has caused many star college athlete’s career to not pan out in NBA. In doing so have cost millions of dollars in losses for NBA teams and College teams whose star who was not ready to shine yet.