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Published: Friday, Jan. 10 2014 1:35 p.m. MST

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Virginia Beach, VA

Since I first heard his name a little more than a year ago. I predicted Jabari would go on a mission. A top high school prospect who was attending early morning seminary. That tell tale sign was an indicator he was putting the lord ahead of his college choice. This year, from another article he's attending the Seminary Institute near Duke when he's able too. I'am thinking he's putting the lord before an NBA contract. Jabari appears to be a man of the lord, and not of the world. I still think he goes on a mission. However, if he has the same conversations with LDS leaders that Steve Young had, and a few other top LDS athletes. He could be advised his mission in life to serve the lord is by staying in the spotlight by going to the NBA.

Lindon, UT

@StGtoSLC - I believe in free market capitalism. The NBA can set whatever requirements they want. I don't see the point in requiring anything other than basketball-related skills, physical fitness, and good citizenship, but they can run their business however they want.

If a great basketball player doesn't attend college, should he be prohibited from playing NBA ball at age 20? 25? 30? 40? Remember I was originally responding to bj-hp. How is a college education necessarily connected to an ability to contribute in the NBA, and why should it be required?

Also, I said nothing about the training ground of college athletics, overseas experience, or whatever strategy one might use to prepare for a professional basketball career. Why couldn't someone hire Karl Malone as a tutor until he's ready? Probably a poor strategy, but if it worked for someone, why required a college degree? In a free country, an ill-prepared athlete should be able to market his talents any time he chooses, and suffer the consequences of poor preparation. It's probably a very good idea for nearly every player to earn a degree and hone athletic skills through collegiate competition. Why should it be required?

South Jordan, UT

I don't have a dog in this fight. Whatever requirements are set by the NBA are fine with me. It's their business and they can run it however they want. But some arguments just beg for contradiction.

The company Bill Gates owns requires you to have a college degree to fill certain jobs such as technical and management positions. Same with the company owned by Steve Jobs. Using Bill Gates or Steve Jobs in this argument is nothing more than silliness.

Lindon, UT

@joe5 - if someone with mad skills wanted one of those jobs from Bill Gates or Steve Jobs, and it was apparent that person represented superior talent and abilities in comparison to the applicant with a college education, I'm guessing they would overlook the degree requirement to have the best talent. That's a no-brainer, unless U.S. regulations required the education for some reason.

I've acknowledged that a college education and collegiate athletic experience is the superior route of preparation for almost every pro wannabe. You have not shown how a college education is a necessary requirement in all cases for playing basketball.

Some arguments are weak contradictions. To think top businessmen would pass over world-class talent over an education technicality is nothing more than silliness.


MrPlate, sorry I didn't read bjhp's comment first, I understand where you're coming from a little better now. I still stand by my comment, though, that I agree with how the NBA runs its rookie eligibility requirements. It creates a situation where kids are strongly encouraged to get at least some education and maturity, but still allows them to enter the draft young enough for the possibility for a lot of playing years ahead of them.

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