It appears (by way of Slam) Anthony Davis has been voted the second dirtiest college recruit of the last decade by a poll of college coaches conducted by CBS Sports. The top spot belongs to Shabazz Muhammad who was 2012’s #2 recruit and will be attending UCLA next year. Here’s the full list:
- Shabazz Muhammad: 15 percent
- Anthony Davis: 13 percent
- John Wall: 7 percent
- Kyle Anderson: 7 percent
- O.J. Mayo: 7 percent
- Derrick Rose: 6 percent
- Renardo Sidney: 6 percent
- Terrence Jones: 3 percent
- Tobias Harris: 3 percent
- Chris Obekpa: 3 percent
Davis spent one year at the University of Kentucky and led them to an NCAA title. He was the #1 pick in this summer’s NBA draft and he’ll be the favorite for ROY of the honors going into the 2012-13 NBA campaign; although, his selection as the NBA’s top rookie isn’t a foregone conclusion.
I’d like to add more to this, since Davis has always struck me in interviews and on the court as a stand-up guy, but the college recruitment process is so obviously corrupt and the NCAA’s guidelines so opaque, what’s the point in defending any player or University?
I hope we don’t have a Chris Webber situation on our hands, and Memphis has already been penalized for Derrick Rose’s SAT scores, but the moment you feel the need to get all self-righteous and castigate John Calipari and University of Kentucky for treating amateur athletics as a stepping-stone to the NBA, remember that for a lot of these guys, that’s exactly what college has become; schools have looked the other way as they collected millions from a star athlete’s media exposure.
With the NBA’s age requirements and the possibility they’ll go up a year to 20—requiring an extra year of college—you can be sure this will continue to happen, and instead of spending just one semester pretending to care about academics, upper echelon college basketball players will instead go through at least 3 semesters winking their way through class.
The NCAA is fucked up (both for football and basketball) and until the divide between the university and player is closed, boosters will continue to shovel out thousands under the table so these players can eat and help their families. University’s with top tier basketball and football teams bring in millions from merchandising, ticket sales and sponsorship deals, but players see nothing. Since the majority of the best players in college basketball come from some of the lowest socioeconomic regions our country has produced, players make millions for their university, but can barely afford a dining hall pass or the ability to help their family back home. It’s a twisted system that the NCAA compounds with it’s esoteric and seemingly arbitrary rules, so I ignore this stuff.
I suggest you do the same. I hope Anthony Davis and whatever arrangement he worked out with the University of Kentucky is ignored or simply forgotten by his fans. He shouldn’t be blamed. The stupidity of the system is at fault here.