Only a handful of players failed to pan out on the pro level, and one was seriously hurt before his rookie season.
In contrast, 59 of the 82 college freshmen who turned pro since 1996 were still on active rosters, about 72 percent.
College players should be afforded the same opportunity. pushes for greater restrictions in the 2017 agreement, the players union should demand a rollback of draft eligibility rules to what they were a decade ago.
Top-tier European players can now exhaust the draft process and make an informed decision.
Major League Baseball allows high school stars to enter its draft, which is how, at the not-so-tender age of 19, Bryce Harper and Mike Trout became impact players. Most toil in the minors, where they earn minor league salaries.
Among the Hall of Famers who made their debuts as teenagers were Bob Feller, Mickey Mantle, Johnny Bench, Brooks Robinson, Harmon Killebrew, Al Kaline, Ken Griffey Jr., Robin Yount and a pitcher named Babe Ruth.
Rose became the youngest player to win the MVP honors in his 3rd season.
Rose was one of the best players in the NBA when he was a rookie.
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