As Americans, we tend to fall in love with our rising stars who are breaking out on the national stage at a young age. At 18, all eyes were on Patrick Kane as he started his professional hockey career with the Chicago Blackhawks. Nobody blinked twice when MLB’s Bryce Harper was selected to the National League All-Star team at 19. Likewise, there were no calls for the U.S. Men’s National Team to pump the brakes on budding soccer star Christian Pulisic when he scored his first goal for the Stars & Stripes at the young age of 17.
Yet, in basketball, most of the top high school talent is required to follow the controversial “one & done” trend. As the rule goes, an athlete needs to be at least 19 years old to be eligible for the NBA Draft, forcing all hopeful pros into at least one year in college or a European League. The policy, instituted in the NBA CBA in 2005, was aimed at yielding more developed and matured players as draft options, instead of seeing teams draft solely on raw talent and potential, and stashing those prospects away on their bench.
Over the last decade, this rule has been a nonstop point of discussion and debate. Many appreciate the importance this rule places on attending higher education, and further developing professional skills. In addition, many college programs can benefit from knowing that the prospects they are recruiting will indeed commit to a school, rather than decide to forgo college altogether. Conversely, however, many have questioned whether forcing the likes of Andrew Wiggins, Ben Simmons and Anthony Davis to go to college for a year is really the right path for top-level talent. The careers of Tracy McGrady, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James might say no. In addition, the one-and-done phenomenon sees many top players in and out of a college faster than you can say “Karl-Anthony Towns,” rendering a college game that is often focused more on individual showcases and annual ‘big names,’ rather than cheering for programs that see players develop over 3 or 4 years. This controversy is especially relevant, as current NBA Commissioner Adam Silver recently stated at the beginning of this year’s NBA Finals that “We all agreed we need to make a change . . . It’s one of those issues we need to come together and study. … My sense is, It’s not working for anyone.” (read more on Silver’s statement) Such a change could be to do away with the rule altogether, or amend it to have caveats, such as requiring those who choose to go to college to stay at least 2 years or those who choose to turn professional out of high school to spend a year in the G-League.
So, what do you think? Should the NBA change their age requirement and allow basketball players to turn professional fresh out of high school?
June 7,14,21,28 9:30-11:30
July 5,12,19 9:30-11:30
Varsity and JV tryouts are July 31 5:00-7:00
Two Queens of the Mat have been crowned: Hope Williamson and Sam Bryant. Check out GCHS’s first ever girls’ state champs in wrestling!
Mariah Linney has done it again! As the close of her final days as a Goose Creek Gator looms, Linney is still adding to her high school career accolades. The South Carolina Coaches Association of Women’s Sports has named her as their 5A player of the year.
While this awards comes at the tail end of a magical senior year season, it doesn’t make it any less amazing. Congratulations on this and all of your awards! Gator Nation will miss you, and we wish you luck as your college career with UNC Charlotte begins.
On Saturday, May 13, Tyriq Martin and Lonnie Mortan woke up to the biggest day of their lives. They were waiting for this day all season. All of their practices, hard work, and meets; all their blood, sweat, and tears came down to this day. They both arrived at the Spring Valley track meet at 8:00 AM.
Lonnie immediately got into game mode with his race being at 9:30 AM. He was preparing for his race making sure he was warm and hydrated. Lonnie Mortan came to the track meet being placed at the 5th seat for the 110 meters high hurdles, lane 2. Lonnie gave all that he had in his race. He had some tough competition; Lonnie ended up in 5th place at the end of the race. He was incredibly humble and says that he was just happy to have been enable to run at state.
When it came down to Tyriq’s race at 12:00 PM, he had been preparing for it all day and couldn’t wait to do what he does best: the 200 meters. Tyriq came placed at the 1st seat for this race, lane 5. He was determined and so ready to run. When it came down to the race Tyriq ran his heart out, determined to get the title. The race was so close, but he WON. TYRIQ got the title of the Boys’ STATE CHAMPION!!!!!
Congratulations to both of these Gators. You represented yourselves and your school to the best of your ability!
This Spring, we’ve seen several state and school records fall across the network. Check out the athletes that enshrined themselves into the record books this season, and vote for the performance you think best deserves to be crowned top of South Carolina:
Batesburg-Leesville High School, Batesburg, SC
Shot Put / 42’10” / South Carolina Coach’s Classic
Strom Thurmond HS, Johnston, SC
100M Hurdles / 15.62, 100M / 10.65, 200M / 22.32, 400M / 51.24
Hanahan High School, Hanahan, SC
1600M / 4:29.07 / Tri-County Meet of Champions
James Island Charter High School, Charleston, SC
Discus / 120′ / Tri-County Championship
He did it again, folks! Rick Patterson, owner of local BBQ joint Three Little Pigs, is the proud owner of three more jerseys.
Three jerseys were up for auction to help raise money at this year’s 2nd Annual Gator Crawl. Ever supportive of GCHS, Patterson bid on and won jerseys from Robert Quinn (Ft. Dorchester grad), Aleighsa Welch (GCHS ’11), and Brandon Shell (GCHS ’11). Thank you, Mr. Patterson, for your support of the Gator Crawl and Goose Creek.