Originally Posted by Reds/Flyers Fan
That's just a ridiculous schedule for a high school basketball team from Cincinnati. Games at OSU, UK, Xavier and in Huntington, Charleston and Los Angeles?!?! And people wonder why these kids think they're bigger than the game and jump to the NBA after high school (where 98% fail miserably).
Let me guess...ESPN is going to televise a NCH game or two this year. Please.
Where to begin...
Saying that 98% of high schoolers who come into the NBA fail miserably is a bit skewed, dont you think?
HS Draft Picks Since 95-
96-Kobe Bryant, Jermaine O'Neal
98-Al Harrington, Rashard Lewis, Korleone Young
99-Jonathan Bender, Leon Smith
00-Darius Miles, DeShawn Stevenson
01-Kwame Brown, Tyson Chandler, Eddy Curry, Ousmanne Cisse
03-LeBron James, Travis Outlaw, Ndubi Ebi, Kendrick Perkins, James Lang
04-Dwight Howard, Shaun Livingston, Robert Swift, Sebastian Telfair, Al Jefferson, JR Smith, Dorrell Wright, Josh Smith
The bulk of those picks are still in the NBA(Young, Cisse, and Leon Smith are not). Whether they have lived up to expectation(Kwame Brown, Jonathan Bender) is another story. On the other hand, these kids look up to those who have been successful such as Kobe, KG, and McGrady and have no problem leaving a college education behind to follow in their footsteps. Most of those players take bad advice and are riding the pine in the NBA because of it.
The NBA is not for every high schooler straight out of college. There is a certain maturity to the game that needs to be mastered, and I think LeBron has mastered that and Mayo will as well(if the NBA still exists).
For a team that is likely to be a top 5 team in the nation, NCH is scheduling like it. But the beneficiary at times isnt the teams like NCH, its the teams that play them.
Example-Last year, I went down to Huntington and watched NCH take on local product Parkersburg South in the Border Battle tournament. South had lost earlier that week to a Columbus Brookhaven team that held them scoreless in the third quarter in the same tournament.(Brookhaven won 64-33). Needless to say, this game was a similar blowout, with NCH winning 106-66.
If you are thinking, "What does losing by 40 points accomplish?" Well, a lot. Later on, in the state tournament, South played long-time rival Parkersburg High in the regional and won, going on to state. I credit the victory in that tournament to scheduling teams like NCH and Brookhaven that would give them a chance to examine themselves against superior competition.
NCH had earlier that week in the same tournament played Woodrow Wilson HS out of Beckley, who at the time was no 1 in the state of West Virginia. NCH won that game by around 20, but Beckley benefited in the end by advancing farther in the state tournament. Would they have done that by playing equal or lesser teams? I doubt it.