Two Truths And A Lie: College Basketball Players Speak Off The Record

Basketball, The Fam — By on December 18, 2012 at 3:00 am

By G. Hylton / @realgoesright

So a couple weeks ago, the good people over at spoke to dozens of college basketball players around the country. They asked them a bunch of questions venturing from who their favorite basketball player was, the most overrated player they faced, and whether they’ve taken illegal payments while playing for their respective schools.

If you want to catch the full survey, run on over to the article and take a look for yourself. What I’ll be doing is doing my own sort of psychoanalysis on the answers given by these “kids” and why they may or may not be bull#$%^.

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  • You know what’s a lie? Someone telling UK’s Nerlens Noel that it’s perfectly okay to leave his dorm room with a flat top. Someone doesn’t have good friends in his life.

    • I 100% disagree with you on this, Bro. Republican Clinkscales.

      Because when in the hell else in life are you going to be able to wear an egregious flat top? In fact, I bet it ends up making him some money if his career pans out, but that’s just me.

    • Hate to tell you this bro…but that hightop fade is actually pretty damn clean. Now I, personally, wouldn’t rock one, but hell, I’m not 6’11. I think it works for him.

  • Hey, now. I’ve always been anti-flat top. It just seems like too much maintenance. Now, if he gets bank, Happy Boxing Day to the homie.

    And I’m not a Republican. I’m Clinkscalesean: The party of “Use common sense, let me get a 2pc and a biscuit and give me my money.”

    Now, if someone really had a set, bring back the Anthony Mason style on the court.

  • JAG says:

    Why does this article single out African Americans as not being academically qualified without an athletic scholarship? Plenty of white folks who did not excel academically receive athletic scholarships as well.

    Larry Bird was no Rhodes Scholar. But Cory Booker, the African American Mayor of Newark, NJ, and former Stanford football standout, was.

    In this day and age of youtube and ESPN Classic, a young person can easily follow Michael Jordan’s career and declare him to be his favorite.

    One of my favorite players is Walter “Clyde” Frazier. I was three when he went 36-19-7 and brought the Knicks their first NBA Championship in game 7, 1970. But I’ve heard about the game and even seen it on Classic.

    This article seems to be one man’s opinion. That’s fine as long as he makes it clear that his “conclusions” are not backed up by any facts.

    • 1. To your first point about singling out African American males…

      A report released through the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education shows that most of the schools in the NCAA’s six major sports conferences have weak graduation rates for African-American male student-athletes.

      The Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education provided data from a four-year study of athletes from the schools that comprise the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 12 and SEC. The findings show that on average, 50.2 percent of African-American male student-athletes graduated within six years and that 96.1 percent of the schools graduated African-American male student-athletes at rates lower than student-athletes overall.

      2. It IS easier to follow a career from year’s past with the advent of technology. However, I also happen to think it’s alot more plausible to assume people are going with popular opinion as opposed to their own personal preference. We can agree to disagree on that.

      3. The very beginning of the article states “what I’ll be doing is doing my own sort of psychoanalysis on the answers given…” Not sure if you caught that in the beginning, but this entire blog is simply one man’s opinion. I didn’t make any factual assertions. I didn’t even pretend to. I appreciate you reading and commenting on the article though. Have a great afternoon.

  • JAG says:

    Ok. I see your point.

    The poll question was about whether college basketball players should be paid. There was no racial component to it. Arbitrarily introducing one made it more difficult for me to see what you were getting at. Coaches need great players to stay employed at high paying jobs. They will do all they can to get them enrolled and keep them eligible, whether it’s some white lineman off the farm or an urban black kid with a great jump shot.

    I agree that some of the kids have been indoctrinated with the whole Michael Jordan mystique. But they have also seen the dunk contests, the 63 point game against Boston, the Finals Championships and the commercials.

    Enjoyed the post. I look forward to reading more from you.

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