The Final Four is upon us with all sorts of 'stats" -- height, blocks, rebounds, baskets,
free throws, three-pointers and on and on. But we never hear about the important 'stats'.
How many of the players, men and women, who made it to the "Sweet Sixteen" actually graduate? How many men leave school early for the NBA draft? What is the GPA of each player? - or if privacy is an issue, the average for the team? What is his or her college major?
Some schools have high academic standards and with others basketball is a farm club for the NBA - win and please the alumni and get into the NBA draft. Big crowds bring money. It would be an interesting study to find out what happens to all those players five years from now, ten, twenty. Only a small percentage will get to the NBA or play in Europe - and for how long? The women have even less options. We never hear these players unless they become 'famous". These young people deserve a future that a solid college education brings - not disillusionment when the glory ends.