“I think you are better off going to college. For their stability and their education and for the stability of the program, it would be a positive thing to stay three years.”
The other issue to consider, Hewitt said, is the immense pressure on the college player in his first year. Suppose he has dreams for the NBA and wants to get there quickly.
What if he goes into a slump or opponents lean on him defensively and take down his draft stock?
“Every game becomes a referendum on his draft status and his stock,” Hewitt said. “You hear stories about kids running back to the dorm room and looking on NBAdraft.com or one of those websites to see where they are being drafted after each game. It’s a lot of pressure that one year.
“Kids are in such a hurry to get to the NBA or they are being advised to get there in a hurry, they forget about being ready. It’s one thing to be drafted. It’s a whole other thing to keep the job once you get there.”
Hewitt is not sure the junior college option is viable enough for the elite high school player, even though the player might get to the NBA quicker the juco route.
“It is up to the young man and his family, if the route they want to go is to junior college, and that’s fine,” Hewitt said. “My guess is they would not get the level of training and competition that would allow them to bring their skills up to a higher level so they can be successful in the pros.”