Parrish: "Hoping Walker isn't academic casualty"

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    Good article by a guy I'm not a huge fan of, Gary Parrish. He makes the case that Walker's academic circumstances have been hurt by being abandoned by his biological parents and by staying in the small public high school he has attended.

    Here's the ending:

    http://www.cbssports.com/collegebas...ris-walker-doesnt-become-an-academic-casualty
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    Thanks for the link. It almost boggles the mind to see the backgrounds from which many of these kids come. Both Walker and Hill have been in essence orphans for their entire adolescent lives. Basketball is a way for them to escape that kind of a background and make a life for themselves. Hard not to root for the thousands of kids like that arriving on college campuses each year.
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    I think we're all hoping he can do enough to be able to enroll this fall.
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    Well:


    1. If you come from poverty it takes work to get out of it. If your parents are rich or middle income, it take hard work for you to live a similar or better life. A few very rich make enough so their children don't have to work hard and even among those few some fritter is away before their kids get any. (ie see pro athletes)

    2. Chris Walker can make a living at basketball next year if he wants. If he works hard he still can make a lot money in his life, just like any poor kid can work hard either in school or in a business and become successful and make more money in his life than most of the people in the world.

    3. If Walker and Walker's family were not education oriented well that was their choice.

    4. No one really wants to hear about the NCAA requirements. They are trivially easy.

    5. Parrish's interest is that Chris Walker is a loquacious kid who is good copy. That is Parrish self-interested and not altruistically concerned about lots of poor kids in his city who do not make Parrish's job easier.

    The good news is Chris Walker will probably make it into UF. I hope he learns from this hurdle and keeps some of what he makes playing basketball.
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    So you think he makes it into UF??? :devil:
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    I know plenty of rich kids that skated off their family connections, never worked really hard in school or their career but still managed to be successful. The US is becoming less of a meritocracy and more of a society stratified by privilege.
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    Yes, just as it was your choice to make a pedantic comment about someone you don't know and a situation of which you are entirely ignorant. We all make choices.
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    Not sure if you read the story, but I'm guessing by No. 3 probably not???
    His mom and dad bailed early on. There is no Chris Walker family.
    His story truly is a tough one. Hope he qualifies. Sadly, I don't think he will.
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    If Walker has set his sights on graduating from UF, then I'm all about providing him with a structured environment and a chance to rise above the disadvantages inherent in attending a small-town, poor, public school district. If his goal is to get to the NBA as quickly as possible, then I'll save my sympathy for some other kid from Holmes County who doesn't have basketball talent.
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    I think he'll do all right either way.
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    Are those two things mutually exclusive?
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    Actually, I believe message boards are for the most part about people making comments about individuals they don't know. We do all make choices like yours to post here and make pedantic comments about people you don't know and situations of which you are entirely ignorant.

    Though about Chris Walker we are not entirely ignorant. We know at least:

    1. He is articulate enough on twitter to think he should be able to qualify.

    2. He took time out this spring to play in two all star games.
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    I did read the article. Had you read my link you might have notice he may have already qualified to be an academic redshirt. That term has a particular meaning.

    BTW, the pc would read you the riot act for daring to type "There is no Chris Walker family." The article in fact made the point that loyalty to family in the modern sense may have held him back in terms of qualifying. He chose not to leave the people who were taking care of him to go to some prep school. In some ways that speaks well of him.
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    Won't let me rep you again...but very well put.
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    Um, I did read your link? I don't see what I stated would allow you to draw the conclusion that I didn't.

    Pc world? I'm a Mac guy. I guess you missed the point. His bio mom and dad were not around. Pretty big odds stacked against kids in that situation. I guess that is what I was getting at when you listed your No. 3. Your No. 3 leads one to believe that you were talking about "family" in the traditional sense. If not, given the situation it seems like your "family" comment would have merited a little more elaboration, given his extraordinary "family" situation, don't you think?
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    Rough, but true.
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    Not even close to true.
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    I agree with Insti in the sense that ncaa requirements are set incredibly low, and that even a very modest effort should yield admittance.
    That said, it is hard not to acknowledge the hurdles some face in their upbringing, which certainly can have profound impact on academics.
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    How so

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