Jay Wright’s retirement leaves faculty basketball in want of a pacesetter

Mike Krzyzewski’s penultimate press convention as Duke head coach additionally served as an appetizer to NCAA commissioner Mark Emmert’s scheduled remarks later within the afternoon. Krzyzewski, who in his profession has usually doubled not solely as a coach but additionally as a steward for the way forward for the sport, requested reporters two questions he want to ask the commissioner.

“The place are we going? And who’s going to do it?

It is no secret that faculty basketball is at a crossroads. Not essentially when it comes to reputation – two of the three most-watched faculty basketball video games in cable TV historical past had been on this yr’s Males’s Closing 4 and Nationwide Championship – however just about something in regards to the sport is altering proper now. Title, picture and likeness agreements rapidly took over participant recruitment and retention, with Oscar Tshiebwe of Kentucky, the new child of the poster after apparently being able to win at least $2 million subsequent season. The switch portal and one-time switch waiver has accelerated participant motion at sooner charges than ever earlier than, with greater than 1,500 gamers more likely to find yourself altering groups for the second consecutive offseason. It is laborious to discover a coach who will say privately that ZERO bidding wars and one thing like 25% of Division I gamers transferring every offseason is nice for the way forward for the sport.

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