College Athletes: The Jump to Professional Sports League

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College athletes have a goal that they pursue. The jump to the professional sports leagues is an accomplishment that most college athletes wanted to achieve. But most college athletes go to college and forego completing their senior year and don’t get a degree. In basketball most athletes are one and done. This means they go to college for only one year then enter the NBA draft. For the NFL players have to be out of high school for three years and necessarily don’t have to go to college. Some argue that good enough athletes should enter the professional draft because of financial issues. Others argue that athletes who stay in college have a chance of getting injured before they reach the professional level. College athletes should stay in college for four years before going professional because then they will have developed the essentials to head into the draft. The choice to stay in college to get a degree will help athletes be more prepared in their professional sports careers, establish a career after their professional career, help them transition to adulthood, and produce educated individuals. (or mature individuals with more knowledge) Too many college athletes are given the chance to go into a professional draft that doesn't require the athlete to complete all four years of college and earn a degree. This is a problem because athletes lack the college experience that will get them ready for real life situations as they carry out their sports career. In college they will learn skills and have extra time to be better prepared. Without staying in college for fours athletes won’t see that theres more options for them besides sports. It will be hard for them to see if they have other interests besides sports. Also staying... ... middle of paper ... ...ticle is about the NBA change rules around the league. This source is credible because the NBA is a premier men’s professional basketball league in the United States. "SN names the 20 smartest athletes in sports." Sporting News. 2 Oct. 2013. 27 Apr. 2014 This article discuss the academic achievements of professional athletes. This source is credible because its an American sports website. I plan to use this information on the subtopic of athletes who graduated from college with a degree before entering the draft. Flynn, Joe. "Kobe: NCAA Not Teaching Players." Bleacher Report. 22 Jan. 2014. 27 Apr. 2014 This an article about Kobe Bryant discussing his views on the NCAA and its impact on player. This source is credible because Bleacher Report is a sports media company associated with Turner Sports. I plan to use this information in my counter argument.

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