“I was on a competitive Halo team and we would enter Halo tournaments for money,” Hayward said in a video interview with Rolling Stone. “When I started getting recruited for basketball, I didn’t really think about it. But there’s a lot of NCAA rules and violations as far as like, making money and doing certain things. “I had to call coach Stevens to ask him if its was okay to play in a Halo tournament. I’m sure that was the last thing he wanted his new recruit to call him about. But he was okay with it and we actually won the tournament. So we won money, which was cool.”
Ben Simmons spent one year playing at LSU before the 76ers selected him as the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA draft. Since then, Simmons has made his feelings about the NCAA very clear. Last year, he released a documentary called One and Done in which he said, “The NCAA is really (expletive) up. Everybody’s making money except the players.” He talked more about that with Maverick Carter in an episode of the Uninterrupted series called Kneading Dough and called the NCAA “a dirty business.”
The 21-year-old said he doesn’t believe there’s any point in having athletes as talented as himself spend a year in college. “I think no. I think I would’ve learned a lot more being around professional athletes. Looking back at it now, I don’t even really know what I learned financially or just being a person at LSU. I think I’ve learned a lot more this whole year, being in Philly and being a pro than I did in LSU.”
On Tuesday, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski joined The Sidelines podcast and said he would welcome a change to the current rules in place. “I would be totally for, and have always been in favor, of kids being able go right to the pros and not putting any restrictions on them as to how long they have to stay,” Krzyzewski said. “I think that’s not right, but we also have to be in cooperation with the NBA, the Player’s Union.”
“If the kid did go straight out of high school do they have the resources to take care of that kid,” he added. “I think with the G-League developing the way it is, I think 26 out of the 30 NBA teams have an affiliation and to me I think each NBA team has to have it and I think they’re going to that. I’m all for the kid and the family.”
Four college basketball assistant coaches charged in a bribery scheme were among eight people indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury in New York City. The charges and accusations in three indictments largely mirrored the facts found in criminal complaints filed against the men when they were arrested in late September. An indictment, though a procedural step, is a document prosecutors rely upon at trial.