Arizona basketball head coach Sean Miller reportedly offered $100,000 to a person who could deliver primo prospect Deandre Ayton, a potential No. 1 pick, to the Wildcats. There are, according to ESPN.com, wiretap transcripts proving as much because said person is at the center of a sprawling FBI investigation into college basketball.
Ayton may not play again this season.
If that comes to pass, he’d miss the most prime opportunities to prove to NBA teams he’s worth the No. 1 pick. Miller is almost assuredly out of a job, and could be sidelined for a couple of years until things cools off.
With all that has transpired, you have to ask yourself , is the NBA at fault for all of this ?
The NBA’s age minimum rule is the only reason Ayton was on the market for college teams. Otherwise, he’d be in the NBA. He might be playing rotation minutes for a good team, or starters’ minutes for a bad team. He might be on the bench. He might be in the G League. But he’d be getting paid by a team that really wants to pay him, and he wouldn’t be breaking any rules.
Even NBA commissioner Adam Silver has acknowledged the age minimum — 19 years old or one year removed from high school graduation — needs reform. That reform effort has dragged on for more than six years now.
The NBA knows that the NCAA is a hypocritical system.
Colleges make millions while the players aka “student athlete” make nothing. The NBA having an age restriction rule makes it easy for these loopholes to happen. As long as the NBA don’t do anything , we will hear more stories of college programs continuing to exploit young men for financial gains. What is a young brother to do in a system designed to exploit him?