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Posted by Walt Flanagan's Dog on July 14, 2017 at 11:37:08:

In Reply to: Re: Yanni Clark posted by Thus... on July 02, 2017 at 10:24:42:

: : : : She was just named All City female athlete of the year but the article says she's reconsidering USC. A few days before, USC had an article saying she's the most important Trojan recruit in any sport.

: : : : I know Trakh was trying very hard to get her qualified but has she decided to go the Mt. Sac route. Trakh is one of the best coaches in America for players who have had academic problems and has put many, many players on the right road. If he were at USC during the time when Clark had verballed, maybe he could have made a difference. If she's really that far behind, I think she should skip JC and just go to Europe and play with a small league. It's ridiculous for her to go through the motions at this point because she's proven she nor the people around her care about things like math and English.

: : : They way I've heard it is that she screwed up her first couple of years of high school, but has made a good effort her junior and senior years and has improved--just not enough to become NCAA eligible.

: : : In the long run, getting an education is a much more important focus than on becoming a professional basketball player.

: : : Walt's Dog

: : If she turns things around academically then kudos to her. But my guess is that a D1 school finds her "eligible" somehow in a year, and she plays. However, more importantly, does she have the foundation to actually take advantage of the opportunity for education? You're deluded if you think your life and career are going to be basketball. Look around... there are high caliber recruits who are also outstanding students and citizens. My bet is she flames out.

: Just go to Europe and play in one of their starter leagues. She won't be able to cut it academically in college. JC will be a waste of time. Maybe she'll get some money playing overseas and it will certainly be better than working at Walmart, which is where she is headed right now.

: This is a tragedy all around. She could have spent some of that time studying, but instead she was playing club ball in the summer. No one and I mean no one around her was giving her any guidance, they were just exploiting her for basketball talent. Her own parents should have said very, very limited basketball until you get your grades up, but they had stupid pipe dreams for her that she will now never realize.

One of the many roles of the CC system is to give some students a second chance. A young person's life is not decided by age of 18.

Walt's Dog

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