Georgia Tech guard/forward Jordan Usher (4) dribbles the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Syracuse in Syracuse, N.Y., Monday, Feb. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

Adrian Kraus, Associated Press

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As the 2022 NBA draft approaches, it is a good time for me to make my annual plea to analysts, scouts, executives and everyone in between to stop referring to college seniors as players who can’t change or improve.

Every single year the draft rankings and big boards will come out and will talk about a college senior as if they are a senior citizen. Usually, the difference between a one-and-done freshmen and a senior, or even a super senior is the separation of a 19-year-old and a 22-year-old.

If 22-year-olds are incapable of change, I have some really bad news for the rest of us.

Teams will prioritize drafting 18- and 19-year-olds over upperclassmen, treating the older players like they have the plague. But then, every single year, without fail, there are huge swaths of young players who, even though they had all that “raw talent” are just not strong enough and not smart enough to play in the NBA yet.

They end up at the end of benches or spending most of their time in the G League and they don’t develop into the phenoms that everyone thought they would be. Meanwhile, there are players who come into the league after three, four, or five years in college and were all but written off as ancient relics, and they prove that change and adaptability and improvement does not stop at age 22.


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Utah Jazz 2022 NBA draft: Stop counting out college seniors

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