Re: Ayanna Clark

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Posted by Actually... on April 24, 2018 at 09:04:27:

In Reply to: Re: Ayanna Clark posted by Captain Generalizations on April 24, 2018 at 07:10:03:

: : : : : : : : : : : Ayanna Clark did not graduate last year but I've heard she is repeating her senior year and is set to graduate in June. Have also heard she will be able to accept her USC scholarship and Trakh in fact recommended she stay in school for another year.

: : : : : : : : : : : I really hope all this is true because she is a supremely talented player and a nice girl. I also think USC is the place for her because she'll be close to family but the school will keep an eye on her academics.

: : : : : : : : : : She is going to Central AZ JC next year.

: : : : : : : : : Why didn't Clark graduate from Poly last year? She had a 2.0 GPA?? I mean she played all season for Poly if she didn't graduate then Poly needs to step up and forfeit all of their games two years ago and the year prior where Clark played. It is time to hold schools accountable for playing kids with bad grades. It is truly sad that Coach Buggs and the administration at Poly had to cheat to win. Especially sad that Coach Buggs had to cheat Ayanna Clark out of being held accountable and teach her there is more to life than just basketball. But instead, he kept playing her and Poly kept forging her paperwork to keep her eligible. Coach Buggs and everyone at Poly should step down for this horrible display of using a kid like that. Such a shame that nothing will happen because Poly is the cash cow for the Moore League and for CIF. Anything Poly does wrong will just get swept under the rug and the school district and CIF will pretend it didn't happen.

: : : : : : : : : Clark shouldn't go to USC, she needs a school and a coach that will help her and surround her with people that actually care about her. Central Arizona is good start. But she needs to play at a small school with a coach that will have someone working with Clark to make sure she is doing well in school. Allow her to actually learn and grow as a person and not just throw her out there on a basketball court to win games. Clark is talented but if she goes to USC she will not finish school, she will drop out and she will never learn.

: : : : : : : : If she is going to Central AZ, my guess is she ends up at AZ. Barnes seems like the type that will make sure she takes care of business and gets her degree.

: : : : : : : Central Arizona is not in a huge city hub so the change of scenery will be a challenge for her, academically, athletically and personally. I hope she succeeds but I think Mt Sac would be more suited for her. Let's all wish her good luck and hope she proves the naysayers wrong. At this point, it's all on her, despite anything that happened in the past.

: : : : : : She was #3, even #1 on some lists and got a scholie to Texas. She reportedly flunked out of school and is now at NW Florida St. CC. Those fails at UT will be hard to overcome. Let's hope she does it but Rellah was another one who could have benefited from another year of high school and some academic discipline.


: : : : : Please people get a life.

: : : : Lots and lots of athletes hardly graduate from high school. Male athletes, even in non-revenue sports get the pass all the time. How valuable are they to the school? That would likely determine how "well" they do in college academics.

: : : : Honestly, most of the remarks about Ayanna have been very supportive and respectful. I think the majority of us really want her to succeed.

: : : She doesnít care enough to do the work to succeed why do you?

: : So once a person is 14 or 15 years old, they can never change, they can never improve themselves? They are who they are for the rest of their lives?

: : Walt's Dog

: Obviously that generalization is not true. Letís look at the situation specifically. Youíre talking about a prized athlete since day 1 of high school who was given multiple opportunities, moved schools, had special allowances in regards to classes. Have you been to high school? How difficult is it to me t the NCAA minimum requirements?

: If someone doesnít get this through the 4 years of high school, then while I hope they will change, I donít hold high hopes.
: Wouldnít I just be naive if I did?, you wouldn't.

I don't know Ms. Clark at all.

However, I do know many people, athletes and not, who floundered through high school (for various reasons) but got their act together in college.

Why? Again, various reasons. Sometimes HS is just too boring. Maybe there are family problems. Maybe a learning disability no one has diagnosed. Sometimes it just takes the right class/teacher in college to spark everything. Sometimes it's the realization if they don't get their act together, they are destined for a hard life struggling to get a decent job because they don't have a degree.

A couple examples. I went to college with a basketball player who was a special admit to the school (coach had to go and appeal directly to the school president). He was a decent player, but not pro material. He worked his butt off in school and ended up owning his own commercial real estate company.

I know another person who goofed around in high school because their parents didn't really push them. Played some ball. Went to JC, then played at a good academic school. Went on to become a very respected teacher and coach.

Another guy I know was basically a stoner all through high school. Went (had) to summer school every year just to graduate. Went to JC, then to closest/cheapest state school to him. Took an Econ class and his life completely changed. Now he owns two McDonald's.

All I am saying is every person is different. Their reasons are their own. Will everyone turn it around? Of course not. Any more than everyone won't turn it around.

Let's hope in her case something clicks and she gets on track.

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