Watching the “Self-Destructor’s” Destruct

Posted: April 19, 2016 in AVC Men's Basketball, AVC Men's BB 2016-17, Dope

I wonder how many young men with super physical skills and great size for basketball throw it all away?  They throw away a free college education, a chance for wealth playing professional basketball and chance for happiness and a bright future.

I have seen far too many of these “SD’s, Self Destructors” as a fan of JUCO basketball.  Guess I could write a book of case studies on these young men but “"over the last twenty years, there are a few obvious symptoms that jumps out at you;

  1. Dopers…Smoke marijuana.
  2. Poor academics.
  3. Missing or not working out as needed in practice.
  4. Unable to work well with other players or coaching staff.

The thing that jumps out at you on all of these players is that when things are going well for them, they find a way to screw it up.  They are so good at that. 

A few of the SD’s(self-destructors) find a way to overcome their SD behavior to some extent but, I have never seen a complete turn around.  Depressing but they get a lot of chances in basketball as their potential is such a temptation to coaches.  


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