Terry Foster, a writer from the Detroit News recently composed an article about the decline of basketball in the State of Michigan.
Here’s something Foster wrote concerning the draft.
From 1988-91, the state of Michigan was a player in the NBA, having 13 players selected in the first round of the draft.
But over the past seven seasons, Michigan has become a non-factor.
Only two players have gone in the first round.
The Michigan pipeline nearly has run dry.
Hold on Mr. Foster, fire your research guy!
At the bottom of this story he lists players from the State of Michigan that have been drafted. He forgets about three players from Michigan, drafted in the first round. One, Al Horford, an NBA All-Star and 2 time NCAA champion. Foster also missed on Wilson Chandler, another very good player who was the New York Knicks pick in the 1st round in 2007. Mr. Foster, see Grand Ledge and Benton Harbor please.
What’s worse is why does Foster harp on “getting drafted”? Charlie Bell, from Flint, who wasn’t drafted has made a fine living playing in the league.
Getting drafted is not the most important thing in basketball. What’s more important is working hard, getting better, being a good teammate and never giving up. It’s about sticking to a goal. It’s about graduating from college and exploring all options when college is complete. The D-League, CBA, and overseas are three avenues basketball players can try.
Young basketball players today should learn about the guys that came before them who were not drafted but kept on striving. Players like, Chris Crawford, Anthony Roberson, Darvin Ham, Ira Newble, Desmond Fergusan, Jermaine Jackson, Brent Scott, Manny Harris, Carl and Charles Thomas, Ray Weathers, Desmon Farmer and Nate Huffman. All Michigan-born who played in the NBA.
Making a living at something you love is a blessing. Playing overseas is a wonderful way to enjoy life. You can see other parts of the world, play ball, make money, try different foods and most of all, still have a chance to play in the NBA.
Instead of worrying about ‘getting drafted by an NBA team’ why not concentrate on working hard, getting good grades, and not putting all your eggs in one basket. There’s other options in basketball besides, ‘getting drafted’.
Foster also omitted another player from the State of Michigan that was drafted in the first round, JaVale McGee. I guess because he was never a superstar, he doesn’t count, huh?
Someone should also tell Foster that Morris Peterson’s first name is not Maurice.
Look around, we live in a negative society. The media knows their material sells when they write and talk about everything that is wrong. You never hear anything about the positive things people do. When it comes to sports, it’s even worse. Our kids are working hard on and off the court. There are coaches in this great State at the High School, AAU and Junior College level that sacrifice a lot for our kids. Not getting drafted by an NBA team is not the end of the world.
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