Education is Priceless – The Game is Not

Remember in the 90’s when Kobe Bryant went straight from High School to the NBA?  Remember in the early 2000’s when Lebron James did the same thing?  It’s become normal, especially in the NBA for young men to forego college and go straight to the pro’s.  But what happens when a high school student drops out of school to go pro?

Jeremy Tyler is supposed to graduate high school in the San Diego area in 2010.  He has already committed to attending the University of Louisville next year.  He’s a 6’11” machine full of potential and promise, but I think he’s making a horrible decision.rise_e_tyler_400

He’s basically throwing away a free education.  Actually, no.  He is throwing away a free education.  What happens if god forbid, he has a career ending injury.  What is he going to fall back on?  He plans to get his GED eventually, but it just boggles my mind that he’s losing out on life experiences over the next year just to pursue a game.

The argument from the Tyler camp is that by staying in San Diego and finishing high school, he’s going to be playing with a bunch of amateurs, which prevents him from developing, and then he would go into the NCAA with his hands tied by restrictions on practice time and other red tape that college basketball involves.  So the clear answer to Tyler and his people is to move overseas and play in the European league to better prepare him for the NBA.

SO WHAT!

This whole situation to me is completely reckless.  I think it’s reckless of the child’s parents to allow this to even be an option.  I can’t and won’t blame Tyler for this whole debacle because as far as I’m concerned, he’s a kid.  Tylers father was quoted recently as saying that Jeremy was “Bored in high school.  He said that every game.  He’d just rebound and shoot it back in the hole.  I said, ‘we’re wasting this guys time.  He’s not getting the challenge he deserves.’  As a parent, all you want to see is your kid strive to be his best.”

Seriously?  Since when did becoming a professional basketball player signify being the best.  What about the rest of life?

I understand that people are naturally gifted at some things and I understand wanting to use that gift and channel it into a career.  But what I don’t understand is how children are being given the option to choose games and money over education.

In the long run, education is priceless, and the game will ultimately come to an end.

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