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by player-agents, AAU coaches and others
who "seduce" young players into believing
they must capitalize on their talents as
quickly as possible.
"I think they're correct," said Fogler.
"A number of kids today are being con-
trolled by the AAU or the guy on the
street rather than the high school coach
or the parents."
Whatever the cause, the effect is clear.
Players and fans increasingly anticipate
premier performers making an early exodus
from college, if college is included at all.
The pressures on youngsters
are unlikely to change much,
When players like
tion, they're vir-
tually lionized for
a state of affairs many blame
on a culture of excess
engulfing prep basketball.
"I don't know
why it's changing,
but it's definitely
like that," said
Duke's Elton Brand, a sophomore con-
sidered the leading candidate for ACC
player of the year. "It seems like, if you're
one of the top players in the country and
you don't go pro, it's, 'What happened?
Why aren't you going pro? Why aren't
you skipping your junior year, your senior
year, your sophomore year? Why not?' "
Fans and writers already inquire about
Brand's commitment to remain in college.
Ifhe does, indeed, leave early, the big man
will end a remarkable run at Duke, which
has yet to lose a player early to the pros.
No one can say with certainry why one
school is hit hard by premature departures
while another is not. The explanation
could be anything from the quality and
selflessness of the advice given, to the rate
at which individual players develop, to the
ethic-setting precedents within a program.
For every Duke that's unscathed by
unplanned personnel losses despite recruit-
ing high-profile players, there's a Florida
State, which under Pat Kennedy employed
a series of gifted but academically question-
able athletes who nevertheless stayed all
Those within the recruiting co111.111.unity
speculate the recent difference in stability
Joe Smith, was the first player taken. The
following year saw a more pronounced
shift, with six sophomores leading the
parade, including top pick Allen Iverson
Garnett's jump and subsequent success
with the Minnesota Timberwolves
encouraged other young players to try
their fortunes in the NBA. In 1996 a
majority ofthe top 10 choices were under-
classmen, including Tech's Marbury.
Players taken 13th and 17th, respectively-
Kobe Bryant and Jermaine O'Neal-
from high schooL
The heavy repre-
sentation of teens
perceived as a
threat to the sta-
bility of the col-
lege and pro
ing much wringing of hands about the
future. (Little noted, players like Garnett
and O'Neal couldn't qualify academically
for college, anyway.)
The past two years, the tide seems to
have slowed, if not shifted back to more
familiar channels. In both 1997 and 1998,
the top pick was a senior-Wake's Tim
Duncan in ' 97 and Pacific's Michael
Olowokandi last year- and the majority
of top 10 picks again were upperclassmen.
A single high schooler, AJ Harrington,
was taken in the 1998 fir t round, while
two other touted youngsters fell deep
into the second round.
"The trend might be on the verge of
being reversed, especially with the draft
fortunes of the high school kids going so
low," Konchalski said.
Even so, the pressures on youngsters
aren't about to change all that much, a
state of affairs many blame on a culture
of excess engulfing prep basketball.
Gibbons blame the power and influence
exerted by shoe manufacturers Nike and
Adidas, which sponsor SUITlrner teams, tour-
naments and camps that lavish attention and
goods on prospective stars. Konchalski
points to "fullacious" arguments lllounted
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