Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Sadler: More players may head to Europe

During Tuesday's teleconference with the Big 12 Conference's men's basketball coaches, Nebraska's Doc Sadler said that he views the trend of young players going to Europe to play professionally as something that's probably here to stay.

“With my background, I’ve been at different levels and it has been probably seven to 10 years ago that most kids went to junior college and most kids who didn’t qualify or whatever went to prep schools and now I think this is going to be the third option," Sadler said. "I do believe that this is probably going to be here to stay.
“Unfortunately, I think there are a lot of people out there who believe that kids can go overseas and just make all kinds of money and the fact of the matter is their economy is hurting as much as ours and you see so many teams go under, but I don’t know that the kids — more importantly, I don’t think the people who are involved with kids — ever think that option is going to be a bad option for them.
“So just as prep schools became a huge, huge player in college basketball, I do believe that kids going overseas now is fixing to be a huge factor, also.”

Sadler said he hasn't had much experience with potential recruits opting to go overseas to play professionally, but figures it could come up in the future.

“It’s a Catch 22," Sadler said. "You hope you have players who are either good enough to go professionally in one way or another, but at the same time, you just hope the kids make good decisions. I haven’t had that situation yet.
“Aleks Maric, when I took over the job here, strongly considered playing in Europe, but thankfully, he came back to us.”

Posted by Terry Douglass @ Tuesday, June 16, 2009 ||

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