College basketball’s one-and-done rule is to blame for all this “madness”. Division I players have the option of leaving their college teams in the dust after their freshmen season and hitchhiking their way to the NBA draft. As a result, colleges are stripped of their talent pool and their quality of play is diminished, while the big-time programs like Kansas and North Carolina sign the most talented players out of high school, have them for one season, and do not benefit from the players’ full potentials.
Division III sports teams are very different from these Division I powerhouses. None of us are going to leave after one or two years to be professionals. The one thing we have over these schools is K offers a place where players can improve and develop their games over four years. This year’s tournament, more than anything else, has shown that experience and chemistry can outweigh talent. Kalamazoo is similar to number-11 seed mid-major VCU, who beat highly touted number-one seed Kansas.. VCU starts four seniors to Kansas’ one. Jamie Skeen, Brandon Rozzell, Joey Rodriquez and Ed Nixon of VCU having been playing together for four years and their chemistry is apparent when they take the floor in these David versus Goliath match-ups. They might not have the all-stars and the players that will go on to make a name for themselves in the NBA, but they win as a team.
Spring is in the air and the birds are chirping, which can only mean one thing in the United States… Baseball. K’s current baseball team is loaded with players who made huge strides from the 2009 to 2010 seasons. K’s junior and senior class improved their individual batting averages during this time by an average of .0565. Three players specifically made vast improvements: Max Weberman, Mike Murray and David Kamerman, all juniors. This year’s season should be no different. Already at (7-3), this year’s Hornets squad looks ready to make big moves and improve even more upon their 2010 season.