High School to the NBA?
The National Basketball Association, more commonly known as the NBA, is a league that millions of people in the world are familiar with. Fans of this association range from toddlers to senior citizens. The men employed by the NBA are friends, fathers, husbands and sons, but some people these men are heroes. So many fans look to these men as role models and want to shadow their every move. The NBA players are all very talented and their life styles are quite unique. The constant traveling and practicing is hard to get used to. As the game of basketball ages, young men are becoming more and more skilled. Although the skill might be there, boys right out of high school are not mentally or physically ready to go straight to the NBA. A law should be passed claiming that these young men should have to be enrolled in college before they are allowed to enter into the NBA. These young men are simply not ready for the changes that come with going straight from high school to the NBA. High school basketball is like playing with children compared to the level that the pros play at.
My junior year of high school I took a public speaking class. I met a boy whose name is Brian Johnson. At the time he was a sophomore, yet he was not just an ordinary sophomore. He stood a tall six feet nine inches and weighed two hundred and thirty pounds. He was recruited from a small town in North Carolina by my school’s basketball coach and given a great opportunity. The chance to be able to play high school ball in a private school gave Brian the opportunity to be recognized by more colleges. Even though Brian and I are quite opposite in many ways, we seemed to click right away in class and have been best friends ever since. Since we have been friends I have gotten to learn and witness a lot of what goes on with college recruitment and even the NBA draft. The constant phone calls from colleges all over the country wanting Brian to come visit and come play there at times were overwhelming, and the piles and piles of mail from coaches and colleges that accumulated in the trunk of my car were outrageous. My eyes were opened to the harassment that these boys have to deal with day after day.
Brian is a very talented young man who has determination like I have never seen. He wants more then anything to achieve his dream of playing in the NBA. Because Brian has this drive, he works very hard and puts in overtime to improve his skills everyday. I have never met anyone with so much passion and some one who impacted a team so positively on and off the court. He has truly been given a gift from God and plans to make the best of it. Now most people look at Brian and wish that they were him because of the talent that he has, yet they do not know the hardships that he overcomes. Brian comes from a broken home in which he is constantly on the go and sleeping at one house and then another. He has a lot of personal hardships that many people are blind to.