A good compromise would follow the lead of Major League Baseball, which says players can enter the draft right out of high school if they don’t go to college. But if they enroll in a four-year college, they must complete their junior year or be at least 21 years old before being eligible to enter the draft. MLB also has a strong minor league system, which the NBA needs, so those not ready for prime time could make a living developing their game at a lower level.
Those rules would be irrelevant for 99 percent of college players, including Hollowell, Etherington and Marlin, who don’t have the skill or evident potential to jump to the NBA. It’s their departure — three former Hoosier high school basketball stars — that should concern even the most casual IU fan. Those three players should understand better than most what Coach Tom Crean means when he says, “It’s Indiana.”
But they’ve now each seen “it” up close for at least two years and have decided — like another player, Luke Fischer, did in the middle of the season — they’ve seen enough. More than Vonleh leaving for the NBA, those players’ desire to leave Indiana should trouble Hoosier Nation.
— The Herald-Times, Bloomington