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Eagles News · Should High School Basketball Players Be Able to Declare for the NBA Draft? – Presented by VNN


lebron-dunkAs Americans, we tend to fall in love with our rising stars who are breaking out on the national stage at a young age.  At 18, all eyes were on Patrick Kane as he started his professional hockey career with the Chicago Blackhawks. Nobody blinked twice when MLB’s Bryce Harper was selected to the National League All-Star team at 19.  Likewise, there were no calls for the U.S. Men’s National Team to pump the brakes on budding soccer star Christian Pulisic when he scored his first goal for the Stars & Stripes at the young age of 17.

Yet, in basketball, most of the top high school talent is required to follow the controversial “one & done” trend. As the rule goes, an athlete needs to be at least 19 years old to be eligible for the NBA Draft, forcing all hopeful pros into at least one year in college or a European League. The policy, instituted in the NBA CBA in 2005, was aimed at yielding more developed and matured players as draft options, instead of seeing teams draft solely on raw talent and potential, and stashing those prospects away on their bench.

 

Over the last decade, this rule has been a nonstop point of discussion and debate. Many appreciate the importance this rule places on attending higher education, and further developing professional skills. In addition, many college programs can benefit from knowing that the prospects they are recruiting will indeed commit to a school, rather than decide to forgo college altogether. Conversely, however, many have questioned whether forcing the likes of Andrew Wiggins, Ben Simmons and Anthony Davis to go to college for a year is really thmaxresdefaulte right path for top-level talent. The careers of Tracy McGrady, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James might say no. In addition, the one-and-done phenomenon sees many top players in and out of a college faster than you can say “Karl-Anthony Towns,” rendering a college game that is often focused more on individual showcases and annual ‘big names,’ rather than cheering for programs that see players develop over 3 or 4 years. This controversy is especially relevant, as current NBA Commissioner Adam Silver recently stated at the beginning of this year’s NBA Finals that “We all agreed we need to make a change . . . It’s one of those issues we need to come together and study. … My sense is, It’s not working for anyone.” (read more on Silver’s statement) Such a change could be to do away with the rule altogether, or amend it to have caveats, such as requiring those who choose to go to college to stay at least 2 years or those who choose to turn professional out of high school to spend a year in the G-League.

So, what do you think? Should the NBA change their age requirement and allow basketball players to turn professional fresh out of high school?

Should the NBA Allow High School Athletes to Declare for the Draft?

Yes! High Schoolers should be able to be drafted.
No. High Schoolers should be required to go to college first before playing in the NBA

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Eagles News · Vote for Michigan’s Top Record-Breaking Performances – Presented by VNN


Who had the best record-breaking performances in Michigan this season? We took your nominations over the past week and here are the finalists.

Vote below for each sport on the next few pages. Voting closes at Midnight EST on June 5th.

Boys Track and Field

Cody Moyer – Gaylord

Discus – 160’11 1/2 – Cody’s throw in the discus shattered Gaylord’s previous school record set by John Knack in 1989 (146-10). “Honestly, it’s kind of funny now that I think about it,” Moyer said. “The guys I’ve thrown with have always said they wanted to be a legend like John Knack some day. Read more in the Petoskey News.

Chris Davis – Fowlerville

3200m – 9:47 – Davis’ record-setting run beat the school’s 1987 record of 9:48, broken by 1 sec on 1st try. He also ran a 1:56 800m split to come from behind and win the 4X800 at the start of the same meet.

Trey Hall – Jackson Northwest

Long Jump – 21’3″ – Record was set in 2007.

Zach Wright – Potterville MS

800M- 2:14.5, 1600M – 4:59.1 – Zach broke both the 800m and 1600m school record this season, both previously set back in 2002. Zach now holds 3 school records, the third being the 3200m @ 10:58 set last year as a 7th grader.

Mason Philips – Salem

Long jump – 24′ 1″ – Mason Phillips has been breaking his own long jump record over and over this season – this jump of 24′ 1″ was the third time he set the school record last set in 1985 this season, tying the MHSAA (Michigan) state record in the process.

Michigan’s Top Boys Track Performance

Cody Moyer – Gaylord
Chris Davis – Fowlerville
Trey Hall – Jackson Northwest
Zach Wright – Potterville MS
Mason Philips – Salem

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Girls Track and Field

Ryen Draper – Plymouth

400M Dash – 54.97s, 200M Dash, 24.55 – At the KLAA Conference Meet, senior sprinter Ryen Draper rebroke her own school and PCEP record in the 400M Dash, with a time of 54.97. It is the fastest time in the 400 run in the state this year, and makes her only the 17th girl in state history to run under 55 seconds. At the meet, Ryen also broke the school and PCEP record in the 200M Dash.

Anavia Battle – Wayne Memorial

100M – 11.85

Mallory Barrett – Milford

1600M, 4:54 – An expectional runner whose talents extend far beyond one event, Mallory Barrett is ranked in the top ten for 3 different events including the 1600, 800, and High Jump.

Mariyah Lewis – East Lansing

Discus, 124’9″

Meagan Lange – Forest Area Middle School

800M – 2:38.7, 1600M – 6:05, 400M Relay – 59.7, 1600M Relay – 4:51.5 – Meagan has broken four middle school records as a 6th grader, running against 7th & 8th graders, in her first season in track and field, and is only a handful of seconds from breaking varsity records in each event.

Michigan’s Top Girls Track Performance

Ryen Draper – Plymouth High School
Anavia Battle – Wayne Memorial
Mallory Barrett – Milford
Mariyah Lewis – East Lansing
Meagan Lange – Forest Area Middle School

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Baseball / Softball

Jakob Selich – Baseball – Millington High School

Career Runs Scored (93), Season Runs Scored (38) – Both records were held since 1979.

Lena Jackson – Softball – Stockbridge High School

Career Home Runs (8) – Lena has hit most home runs in the entire history of Stockbridge High School Varsity Softball Program and is only a sophomore. In addition, on one outing, she hit three over the fence.

Brianna Robeson – Softball – Hartland High School

Consecutive game hitting streak (29 games from 5.18.16 to 5.10.17) –  A base hit in 29 consecutive games currently ties for 10th place overall with two other players in MHSAA records.

Rebecca Alway – Grosse Pointe North High School

Career Home Runs (6)

Michigan’s Top Baseball/Softball Performance

Jakob Selich – Baseball – Millington High School
Lena Jackson – Softball – Stockbridge High School
Brianna Robeson – Softball – Hartland High School
Rebecca Alway – Grosse Pointe North High School

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Eagles News · Michigan’s Top Record-Breaking Performance – Nominations are open now! – Presented by VNN


This Spring, we’ve seen several state and school records fall across the network. Who was the best in Michigan? Nominate your favorite with the form below.

Nominations close on May 22 at 12pm EST, and voting begins on Tuesday, May 23.

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Multiple Teams · Welcome To The Home For Eagles Sports


Winter sports are around the corner and this year the Eagles will feature an online presence that will cover our schools athletic programs like never before. Stay tuned for more details and exciting news!


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Eagles News · Fall Schedules Coming Soon


Stay tuned for schedules to be posted on the website for all Fall sports.


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Eagles News · Olivet Athletics Needs Your Help


With the new website, we now have a portal to promote our sports like never before.  If you would like to get involved with reporting scores, writing articles or even taking pictures or video … Contact the Athletic Department to see what you can do to help and make olivetathletics.com the best of the best on the web.