National Signing Day is quickly becoming a national holiday. College basketball fans are glued to their televisions or computers, crossing their fingers that a coveted five-star recruit chooses their school over countless others.
College basketball is changing its identity from a four-year coaching and developing process to a one-and-done finishing school for NBA talents.
So what is this emphasis on high school recruiting doing to the college game?
Well, in short, ruining it.
No longer do fan bases have sentimental favorites to become attached to and cheer on for four years.
Players are gone just as soon as they arrive and coaches are left scrambling to fill holes in their roster.
No longer is it supposed to take a few years for a player to develop and learn the college game. If they cannot contribute right away they are obviously not good enough.
Still not convinced? I’ll keep going.
Here are the reasons that college scouting and recruiting are ruining college basketball.