Date

6-2016

Degree Name

BS in Journalism

Department

Journalism Department

Advisor(s)

Dan Eller

Abstract

The following study investigates the correlation between athletic success in athletes as they transition from high school or college athletics to the professional world of competitive sports. Athletes who are described as being “cant-miss prospects” are never really a sure-fire thing for professional teams, so the purpose of this study was to research and analyze what situation for athletes would be best for them specifically relating to how many years an athlete should stay in college to develop their technical skills as well as mature as a human being before forgoing their remaining college eligibility by declaring for a professional sports draft. These issues are important for professional teams and scouts as each year, they are sent out to evaluate the new talent coming through the ranks and determine their athletic skill as well as their emotional stamina, all of which play a major factor in whether a player is drafted first overall or 10th overall, which could be a difference of around $10 million. There is a focus on gaining expert opinions from coaches and players to help determine what path is best suited for these athletes.

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