Early recruitment in pro sports has many positive and lucrative advantages for those who are fortunate enough to be considered for recruitment on a pro team. Financial stability, public recognition, having a fan-base, and obtaining sponsors are some of the perks of early recruitment. Being a student-athlete, when you are scouted early you have an advantage. Some student-athletes like to take that advantage and jump into the pro game early but for every yin, there must be yang.
When some of us think of pro sprts, we wonder, "Hmm, they must be making a boatload of money!" Many times, this is not the case. There are many factors that must be considered when you play pro sports. Large sums of money may come easy but at what price? This may be a problem for early recruits because they see the potential to make a quick million off of their talents and they see the space to make more. I blame this delusion of granduer on the scouts/talent agent.
Talent agent: a person engaged in discovering and recruiting people of talent for a specialized field or activity. (Webster, Merriam [Dictionary].) So basically, the goal of the talent agent is to find the talent that can make them or their company the most money. Does that make you feel as though the number one priority is the potential recruit? It seems, the only way that the talent agent would be concerned over the player's welfare would be if their personal success depends on how money they can make off of the player. This is caused by "promises of money and other gifts" by talent agents as well as college recruiters! They "gain the athlete's trust and loyalty" but in all actuality they are securing their future investment. (Frey, Preston. 2009) This opinion may come off a little harsh, but take a look at this.
The NBA will allow players to turn pro right out of high school. This will allow the opportunity to be financially stable, take care of their families, and to be able to live a certain...