I don't think players are aware of what can happen by not going to college are leaving to early. This could really happen. Especially all of these underclassmen who go undrafted or late in the second round. Not sure what they can do but it needs to be emphasized more. You can be Korleone young, Lenny Cook, heck omar cook etc.
That was an interesting read. Pretty sad. He was one of the high school to NBA guys that missed. Him being a 6'7 power forward didn't help much. Big guards like Kobe and T Mac did well as well as long, athletic freaks like LeBron, Kevin Garnett, and Amare Stoudemire.
You would think that going to college would have been great for him. But, still he would have been a 6'7 power forward. The best thing for him would have been to be drafted in the first round and given a two or three year contract. Would have made more money, and would have had longer to get it going.
I actually had a chance to see him up close in person during his lone season on the Pistons. He did not play in the game, but my parents had gotten my brother and I courtside seats, right under the Pistons basket in Toronto. We got there super early and saw Charles O'Bannon, Korleone Young and Loy Vaught (who passed me the ball, to give him one of my picturesque bounce passes back). Charles and Korleone were shooting and, like most NBA players, were stroking. I remember Korleone made 4-5 threes in their little contest, with Charles making 3.
Korleone had a really good frame, he was really strong for a 19 year old, big dude. It seemed like he had the athleticism and strength to be a potentially solid 3 man. Am surprised to hear how well he did defending Grant Hill, though he had some definite tools to be a potential SF. The issues were probably much like LeBryan Nash has faced, he still needed definite work on skill development, decision making and not just getting by on his physical tools.
My guess is if he had gone to college, at the very least he would have been able to work on skill development and his attitude toward the game without being thrown to the wolves. While this is a sad story, I wonder how the NCAA would have handled his association with Myron Piggie. Plus, while it is not mentioned in the article, was he in a position academically to go to college? I sort of remember that possibly not being the case, though I could be wrong. Well done by Jonathan Abrams, I believe he is writing a book on preps-to-pros and this was an interesting case study as to one who definitely was not ready for a career as professional.
I will preface this with an apology for my ignorance. I am not an American and don't really know anything about the AAU system (heck, I don't even know what it stands for!). My only real source of information about college and HS basketball is from the articles and forums on nbadraft.net. I seem to hear a lot of bad things about AAU on this site. I've heard that its a flawed system (which this article points out pretty well) and I've read other threads about it that talk about how its a system that encourages 'selfish' basketball - almost like a 1 on 1 comp in a 5 on 5 game.
My first question - Is this true? Is my opinion from what I've heard on this site accurate of AAU or is that all in the past. And if it is so bad, then why is it allowed to continue in its current format? Is it that it gets put into the 'too-hard' basket?
I really would like to hear any thoughts on the matter or for someone to set me straight if I've got it all wrong. As I said, not being from the US, the whole HS-AAU-College structure is a bit of a mystery to me as to how it all works.
As a Detroit Pistons fan, when Korleone was drafted I was pretty excited. I had to search the net for any info I could find on him (there wasn't as much info around like today) and what I read had me excited. To see how everything turned out is just plain sad. I really feel for him. Hopefully he can work with other kids coming through and some good can come from this.
sad story and i hate hearing these things and thinking about peoples 'what coulda beens' i think aau is the best thing and worst thing that could happen to basketball...if that makes any sence... the best thing cause of the competition every weekend all day long and getting to see the best play against each other. I dont care how much people say kids dont try in aau, if the number 4 player is playing against the number 9 players team at an aau tourney then they are both gonna bust thier @$$es, its bad tho because of stuff like this and crooked people/coaches...and it definitely takes the attention off of HS ball IMO
" i hate hearing these things and thinking about peoples 'what coulda beens' i think aau is the best thing and worst thing that could happen to basketball"----Says the guy with a Darius Miles profile pic.
I misread the article and thought it was about Don Korleone Young.
u act like darius miles had a horrible career lol, he just didnt play as well as people thought..he still had a solid career tho
No, GREAT piece, this story was very very good.
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