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LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball have turned pro, signing one-year contracts with first division Lithuanian team Vytautas


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#1 bigfetz

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Posted December 11, 2017 - 03:00 PM

Sources: LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball have turned pro, signing one-year contracts with first division Lithuanian team Vytautas. They will report to the club in early January.

 



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Posted December 11, 2017 - 03:02 PM

So does anyone think this starts a new trend of players leaving to develop in Europe over college or even high school? Imagine LaMelo comes out at age 18(Maybe 19, not sure what the rule would be here) and is the #1 prospect in the draft. Do younger top ranked athletes start leaving for pro play early?



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Posted December 11, 2017 - 05:23 PM

So does anyone think this starts a new trend of players leaving to develop in Europe over college or even high school? Imagine LaMelo comes out at age 18(Maybe 19, not sure what the rule would be here) and is the #1 prospect in the draft. Do younger top ranked athletes start leaving for pro play early?

 

For sure, these guys need to be able to make money on their skill. Forcing them to waste a year of their basketball career making money for these schools is an absolute travesty. There are two types of players though - 

 

1. those who are sure things to go pro who have no business going to college and should start playing professional basketball right away. Your Ben Simmon, Bagley type players who are a top 3-5 pick in any draft and are just wasting a year of basketball by playing in college. These guys SHOULD be able to go pro, so the NBA has to let them come straight through or let them go straight to the G-League for a year and at least make a paycheck while waiting to get drafted.

 

2. Those who need college because scouts aren't looking at them until they grow into their adult bodies in the ages of 20-22. A guy like Jimmy Butler was completely overlooked, but had made it all the way to NBA stardom regardless. You give these guys scholarships and let them grab their education in the process so they're not completely screwed if they get injured or just don't develop into an NBA player

 

I've known and coached some guys who just aren't good enough to go pro. Schools outside of division I approach basketball players with the goal not being the NBA, but overseas hoops. Usually when guys are 6'6+ and athletic they can make the cut to go play professional basketball overseas. The problem is that after a certain age NBA scouts generally ignore these guys and their NBA dreams are likely shut down.

 

This is the main reason why a lot of guys much rather stay with their families than go overseas and make some money during that year after high school. If you underperform against overseas talent, you're probably stuck at that level for a while - something most players don't want. 


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Posted December 12, 2017 - 10:08 AM

What is the punishment for stealing in that country?


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#5 Rekal

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Posted December 29, 2017 - 06:45 PM

What is the punishment for stealing in that country?


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