Read this post by Dan Shanoff on ESPN’s Truehoop.
I can’t tell you what a big deal this turn of events might be any better than Dan does. Just let me add that in terms of skills development and grooming for NBA play, this seems like the most logical path to the big leagues. I hope Latavious prospers and inspires other players who are not interested in being student athletes to follow his example.
There is a downside the Dan’s article paints over. If a player at UConn suffers a career-ending injury, he is enrolled at a prestigious school, and if he’s putting in the work may have a career ahead of him (or he may lose his scholarship and wind up with nothing but the memories). If a player’s knee explodes while he’s playing for the Idaho Stampede, he’s back to square one. Maybe it’s not so different after all.