Should High School Athletes Be Allowed to Go Pro?

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Devon Grace Mr. McGuire Comp 2 3/7/13 The Million Dollar Decision Thesis Thesis Paragraph 1 Paragraph 1 Tiger Woods, Bill Gates, Lebron James. These are household names around the nation. They are some of the most successful people in the past decade. They have all taken different routes to their success. They all have one thing in common, and that is a lack of college degree. Each of these three individuals had certain talents. They realized at a young age their talents. They worked harder and harder to be the best in each of their areas. They all realized as they were growing up what was needed to be successful. These three examples show how people can be successful and not go to college. The age requirement for high school athletes to the professional level should be removed to allow gifted individuals to display their talents. This allows them to avoid injuries, support their families, and skip wasting a year in college. Con #1 Con #1 Paragraph 2 Paragraph 2 Therefore, opponents of the early entry to the professional level point to the shortcomings of players, and say that they are not mature enough mentally or physically. Kwame Brown was the number one overall pick in the 2001 draft, he struggled to make it and now he is making the league minimum. The eligibility rule for the NFL changed to three years in 1990 (Bianci). Only 2% of NCCA football players make it to the NFL (Moulton). Only .9% of high school football players make it to the professional level (Chylinski). 025% of high school basketball players make it to the NBA or WNBA (Chylinski). Tim Duncan stayed all four years which allowed him to be the first overall pick (Shockly). High school athletes have a minuscule chance of making to the NBA, and they need to go to college to develop and hone their skills. Pro #1 Pro #1 Paragraph 3 Paragraph 3 The shortcomings of players

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