ATLANTA, Georgia--The Atlanta Braves don’t need to make a statement in their upcoming home stand. But it would be nice if they did. With the season still young and the team in first place, this is by no means a time to panic, but the Braves’ performance of late has given cause for concern.
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Andrew Wiggins, the most celebrated high school basketball player since LeBron James, this week selected Kansas as the college at which he will play a single season before going to the NBA. Kansas coach Bill Self, who would rather see the one-and-done aspect of the college experience eliminated, believing however, that athletes still gain from spending a year on campus. But he says it’s not really necessary since those who are ready should be able to transition from high school immediately to the pros. The signing of Wiggins, a Canadian who played high school ball in West Virginia, opens the whole plethora of discussions about whether the rule itself makes sense and when is a kid ready for the NBA. Critics say the rule make a mockery of the term “student athlete.” Those in favor believe one-and-done gives fans the opportunity to see top talent play at the college level. And the NBA, whose rule it is, likes the opportunity it provides to better evaluate a potential pro prospect.