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88 responses to “DeMarcus Cousins: Zion Williamson should just prep for NBA because NCAA is “bulls–t””

  1. catsarerunnin

    I agree. Zion should shut it down. Really. He should.

    1. BBNmemberinoh

      Bottom line is Zion did NOT have to go to college. He could have sat out and even could have gone overseas and got paid probably millions. He is there by his choice, rule just says he can’t go to the NBA for a year. Rule does not say he has to go to college. He could have signed with an agent right from High School and got millions. He had choices.

    2. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      EXACTLY BBNmember!!! He could have made a nice check in China or several Euro countries. Same for Boogie. I like Boogie, but cry me a river.

      Plus, with the year Zion’s been having, he’ll make a LOT more next year than if he sat out or went overseas IMO. No one would be watching his highlights on the ESPN Zion/Duke hype machine from China or Croatia every night.

    3. BBNmemberinoh

      yep Chris….that is the payment the top guys get from going to college, as one below said. Exposure. How much is advertising worth……MILLIONS. But either way this was his choice and e did have other options.

    4. natertatter

      boogie is exactly right……

    5. John Capilari

      We could debate this for years. They all have a choice. Could it be better – yes. Where do u draw a line. Should Zion get paid the same as Johnny David? Would you be pissed if PJ or the like sat out the ncaa tournament…like some high nfl draft picks do for bowl games? This will never be answered. It’s like we need a football playoff and bitch about who the 4th 5th teams are. We need 8 teams so we can bitch about who is 8 and who is 9. Or 64/65 or 68/69 or however many teams compete in basketball. Tuition, room & board, etc plus $1000 for every point you score? I don’t really care what the rules are as long as consistently applied and every athlete has a choice to do it or not. Recruiting and the game may change, but it’s all relative.

    6. McFarlands Boogers

      Playing college basketball was not a mistake for him. Remember many had doubts about him in high school. He couldn’t shoot, run, can only dunk etc. He proved these doubts wrong immediately. He made money because of his time at Duke. The doubts are gone and I wouldn’t blame him for shutting it down. But maybe he wants a championship.

    7. bluecrowe

      Shut it down Zion and we win it all. As for Cousins, give me a break. You LOVED being at UK and because of being at UK with Wall, you had the exposure to make you a top pick. In fact, you wanted to stay and NOT leave for the NBA. You also were also extremely immature and were not ready to be at UK, much less the NBA. This is not a bad thing, but simply reality. Have you forgotten that you wanted to stay and had to practically be pushed out the door by Cal? You have made more money than you ever could have ever imagined. The fact is, we all help make money for the elites of the world. That is the way the system is set up.

    8. ready4nineNOW

      Did you not read his entire quote? Delete

    9. Miller45

      Read the article dude

  2. BGrassKY

    He is so not wrong!

    1. 4everUKblue

      Guarantee you K puts winning above Zion’s best interest.

    2. BBNnCLE

      4everUKblue took the words right out of my mouth. No one will say it in the media but the only thing keeping Zion from getting to the NBA in one piece is Coach K, just like with Giles. I fully believe K ruined his draft stock by playing him when he clearly wasn’t ready. He is self serving and would absolutely chastise Zion if he told him he wanted to sit out for the betterment of his career.

    3. 4everUKblue

      All the talk about K and what a great coach he is, he has zero integrity and only cares about his legacy. He doesn’t make players better so when I heard Jalen on ESPN say he’s getting better coaching than he will in the NBA I had to turn it off because that’s BS.

  3. KYjellyRoll

    Exactly

  4. UKinIN

    So tired of this discussion. I have a freshman in college. He’s going to graduate with $100,000 in student loan debt. He pays for everything he gets out of college. Which does not included free travel, trips to the Bahamas, free medical care, free room and board, or free tutoring. From where I sit players are getting a hell of a lot in return for playing NCAA sports. The problem is that the most talented players don’t have any interest in getting an education and take for granted the hundreds of thousands of dollars they receive in benefits.

    1. stl_cat

      Yeah sorry bud, no one cares enough about your son to go pay money to watch him study. Comparing his college experience to people like Zion who generate thousands of dollars is a joke.

      Do they sell your sons jersey in the team shop?

    2. BBNDan7

      Stl_cat is correct. “Average” students don’t generate thousands and thousands in revenue for schools.

    3. UKinIN

      I’m not asking anyone to watch my son do anything. All corporations generate more revenue than they pay out in salary or benefits. I’m sure McDonalds makes a lot more money off the burgers and fries than they’re paying your kid to hand them out.

    4. johnson0918

      No offense, but how much does your son make for the college?

    5. UKinIN

      Nothing (which is the college’s loss) but everyone wants to ignore the fact that getting five star players on campus and having them for a year costs hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    6. BluemanGreen

      But your kid and Zion are two different people and situations. You cannot tell me that if your kid were the top amateur prospect in the world AT ANYTHING…and some entity forced him to come perform for them FOR AN EDUCATION…when you know FOR SURE that you are going to make enough money in a few months to make your family rich FOREVER…that you would be ok with him risking it all for that. Its absolutely absurd. 100,000 bucks is NOTHING compared to what Zion is worth. Whats he supposed to do quit basketball and be an accountant with that education? Pure stupidity and ignorance. He shouldve been playing this season in the NBA and this shouldnt even be a discussion. And dont tell me he needs an education to fall back on if the pros dont work out. Hes going to be a mega millionaire from day 1 with endorsements and shoes deals etc

    7. JerryCat

      A recent study showed the average 5 star recruit generates $2-3 million a year in revenue for the school. Zion is not the average 5 star recruit. I would bet he generates close to $10 million in revenue for Duke this year

    8. ukwildcat1991

      Do what I did. Go to the military for 5 years and get out and get a free education and a free place to live off campus for free.

    9. unbridled

      Universities provide more than eneough for student athletes. If you don’t like it, go overseas. If you want to change it….talk to the NBA. It’s their rule, not the ncaa. The idea that players should be compensated for playing an amateur game is asinine. No one forces them to attend college.

    10. Duff86

      Zion caused Nike to lose $1.5BB today. He has the potential to be one of the most marketable athletes ever and transcend the sport. Only Zion knows what’s best for Zion.

    11. UKfan1320

      100% correct. These players get plenty. Playing at Duke, UK or whatever top school is like some real King stuff. These guys get a lot. A lot. It’s worth a lot of money. They generate a lot of money and they get a lot in return. NCAA is a business, a for profit business. That similar to the youngsters talking about they should make more at McDs because they are the ones doing work and the owners do nothing and make all the money. Yeah. They are the ones that set it all up! Some organization will run college sports, NCAA or whatever, and they will make the lions share. And big sports pays for all sports. These elite players can head overseas or just train for a year. No one is forcing their hand. They will miss out on all the exposure but…wait..what?

    12. Wilfred Smith

      If your kid was doing research, he would get a fellowship that paid. Plus he can get free meals, gifts from anyone, and he’s allowed to work.

      Plus he can take an economics class, learn about marginal revenue product, determine that student athletes should be paid and then try to explain it to you.

    13. juiceisloose

      You’re complaining about it costing hundreds of thousands for the school to take on a guy like Zion Williamson. That’s just plain stupid, he made millions for duke and the ncaa IN ONE GAME last night, and he didn’t even play! The ncaa sent the draft age rule in TODAY. Do you think that’s coincidence, they see how valuable this one player is (who monstrously cost duke 100s of thousands to enroll) they don’t want to see another guy like Zion even go to a college to make the ncaa and university for money or let alone GET HURT before he makes it to the nba. But the universities paid for them!!.. what a joke

  5. davis2319

    Honestly they should let the kids who are ready, go straight to the NBA draft from high school. Will get rid of the grey area everyone talks about with money.

    1. Bluebloodtoo

      Yes, but who is ready? Who should they trust to tell them that?

    2. davis2319

      Exactly. That’s the dilemma

    3. BBNmemberinoh

      Trouble is all think, or are told, they are ready.

    4. unbridled

      Exactly. The ones that can’t hack it….tough cookies. I don’t want to hear people crying because the kids blew their opportunity. We don’t owe them anything.

  6. Bigblue7982

    Zion is clearly ready for the NBA in fact he was ready out of high school.

  7. Headhurts

    Free tuition at duke for a year and being treated like god isn’t all bad but I get boogie’s point.

  8. KYJelly

    Coach K won’t let him shut it down. He’s a thug to any kid who doesn’t help him meet his end goals, he’s proven that with leaked stories in recent years

    1. JerryCat

      Coach K does not own Zion. It’s 100% up to Zion. I guarantee he couldn’t give two shits about what some 75 year old man thinks of him. He’s looking at hundreds of millions of dollars in the near future

    2. rickwhitetx

      And 8 million dollars right now if his insurance policy pays off.

  9. ClutchCargo

    He’s not wrong, but this would be much less of an issue without the NBA’s one and done rule.

  10. CPACAT

    He is correct for the handful of players that go from college to the NBA. However….

    There are 30 NBA teams with about 14 players each; about 420 players in the NBA each year. 108 are foreign players, so only 312 come from the US. The average NBA career is about 5 years. Therefore about 62 players per year go from college (or the D League) to the NBA. Of that number, the number of players playing less than four years is most likely only about 25%(?) or 16 per year?

    There are 347 D-1 men’s basketball teams with 13 scholarship players each, or about 4,511 players, or 1,128 seniors finishing each year. (Not considering 1 year only players, etc.).

    The NCAA is a pretty good deal for about 1,100 of these men’s basketball players.

    1. unbridled

      Nice work cpacat

    2. Cletis75

      Yep, but it’s a crap deal if you are a superstar!

  11. BBNDan7

    Can you imagine all the articles that won’t be written about K ruining college basketball if Zion shut it down.

  12. The Goose Is Loose

    Boogie is right. CBS and Turner paid the NCAA 8.8 billion last year for the NCAA tournament. Think about that, 8.8 billion! Yet the NCAA wants to tell everybody it’s all about amateurism. BS. And to the parent above I’m sure your son is a great kid but you can’t compare his value to the university to any major sports star let alone Zion. He brings in millions of dollars every time he laces them up.

  13. omegagavin

    I heard some tickets were going for $10k for that game. How screwed did those people feel when Zion went out 36 seconds into the game?

    1. stl_cat

      True, but anyone who spends 10k on a single basketball ticket is not the type of person who ever had to worry about money anyways.

      Now the students who camped out for a month to get tickets, they are prob hating life lol

    2. ClutchCargo

      If it’s not part of their carefully choreographed cheering routine, most of those students aren’t going to know the difference.

  14. Jiminy Crickets

    Duke did not sell those tickets for $2500, people selling them on stubhub did. More poor pitiful me stories. If Zion wanted to sell his autograph, or sign a contract with EASports to put his face and name in a video game, he should be allowed to, but stop with the pay the players crap. 95% of all college players (all sports) are there for the tuition and a chance to fulfill a sport they love. If you want to change anything, get rid of the OAD and allow them to go straight out of HS. It would hurt NCAA basketball, but not much.

    1. stl_cat

      So even some random jackazz on the street can make money off him, but he can’t make money off himself

    2. Jiminy Crickets

      U can pay him all you want, some jackass will still make money off tickets. Super bowl tickets go for $5K, those guys are making millions. Your argument has no merit

    3. Jiminy Crickets

      The narrative is those tickets sold for $2500 where’s Zion’s cut, as if Duke sold them at that price. Scalpers selling for crazy prices happens at every event.

    4. rickwhitetx

      That’s not what Jiminy said. He said Zion should be allowed to make money for his own likeness; autographs, EA Sports, etc. The big question is; how do you decide what player gets paid what amount of money. Jonny David vs. Zion Williamson. Do they both get the same? Zion gets more? How do you determine that? And where do those funds come from? Remember, the athletic department budget is separate from the university’s budget. Oh, and, remember Title IX too. All athletes would need to be paid.

    5. CATandMONKEY

      Don’t pay them but allow them to earn off their own lkeness.
      Zion an Anthony Davis make bank. Johnny David still makes enough to hang out and put gas in his car.

    6. unbridled

      They can choose to go overseas and make lots of money. Why don’t more of them do that? Seems like they like playing for big time programs for a year and building their brand. They almost certainly are not desolate when they are on campus. Have you people seen UK’s facilities? This argument gets soooo old.

  15. Realme

    I agree with Boogie and appreciate his efforts to ruin Duke’s season.

    1. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      ^^^Haha! Winner!!!

    2. unbridled

      Hahahaha. That is the best argument I’ve read thus far in support of boogie. Nice work.

  16. KYfaninTN

    This argument and criticism of college sports is always centered around well known or superstar athletes. 95% of college athletes will never go pro. This kids should not have to go to college and good luck. As a fan I do not owe them anything but I often follow some of them in the NBA and they benefit from that.

    1. stl_cat

      It’s centered around them because they are the ones getting screwed…not some benchwarmer for the women’s volleyball team

    2. Jiminy Crickets

      But the bench warmer at a women’s volleyball game would have to get paid the same as Zion if it’s the school paying. That’s the point. Let the elite players in all sports go pro, or if they have to go to school for a year, let them make money off their likeness. You do know the OAD rule is not a NCAA rule, right? The NCAA doesn’t make them come here to profit off them. They have the option to play in Gleague getting paid 50-75K or Euroball making $750K. But the elite guys like Zion go to Duke for exposure. His NBA contract, shoe contract, and anything else he ever does will be worth twice as much because he got the national exposure at duke, than it ever would if he went straight from HS. He’s made millions of future dollars by playing at Duke. Plus Duke paidvgor him to have a insurance policy that if he gets drafted outside the top 17, the policy pays him $8 million!! Not an injury policy, but a guaranteed draft stock policy

    3. Perry1987

      I’m not sure why Zion and the OAD rule are being thrown around together so much. I literally just read an article where Zion was interviewed and literally said, ” Even if I could have gone to the NBA straight out of H.S, I wouldn’t have. College is a once and a lifetime experience, and I wanted a chance to experience college basketball and play with some of my best friends while competing for a national championship. The NBA is full of grown men with kids and families and there it’s straight business, unlike college where I can have fun playing basketball.”
      I get the situation that happened last night but I’m just not sure I get why all this is coming across as if he didn’t want to be playing college basketball, because he clearly did and I’m sure still does.

    4. friendsofcoal

      I hate to say this about a kid but his comments about not going pro out of high school even if he could is one BIG FAT LIE! If he were allowed to go then he would have gone period.

    5. Jiminy Crickets

      I agree! I do think they should be able to make money on their “likeness”, for autographs and such, but d hooks paying players is only talked about because of the 15-20 guys a year. Let those 15-20 go get their money, and leave NCAA model alone.

    6. stl_cat

      @Jiminy Yes I am aware that OAD is not an NCAA rule, literally anyone who follows the sport at all knows that.

      Why are you saying that a benchwarmer in women’s volleyball would have to make the same amount as Zion if compensation was given? How does that make any sense? That argument is a common one that people just keep parroting but there is no logic behind it. Basketball and Football players are far and away the ones bringing in the most money. And a lot of that money already funds the other sports at the university.

      And saying that his NBA and shoe contracts will be worth twice as much as if he had not gone to duke is laughable. Lebron and Kobe sure struggled to get deals without all that college exposure right? And you can say those guys are the top of the pyramid but guess what so is Zion. And he was already extremely well known before he had committed anywhere

  17. stl_cat

    It’s centered around them because they are the ones getting screwed…not some benchwarmer for the women’s volleyball team

    1. rickwhitetx

      How are they getting screwed? If they are good enough for the NBA and a first round draft choice they are going to make millions of dollars.

    2. stl_cat

      Ok fine. They aren’t getting screwed, they’re getting taken advantage of. Not implying they don’t get ANYTHING out of it but pretending like a scholarship is equivalent to what the university gets from a guy like Zion is a joke

  18. bigbluebanana

    I afford Zion the same courtesy I afford UK players and all players really: he’s got to do what’s best for him and dook, or any other school, should be an afterthought, especially for players that have a pro career.

  19. Han

    I imagine DMC just coming off of a career-threatening injury also plays a role in him having this opinion.

  20. J. Did

    Boogie for President….of the NCAA.

  21. cats646

    Love boogie. But he’s wrong.

    1. CATandMONKEY

      Will disagree on this one.

      The NCAA is corrupt, collects money in the name of athletes and when the athlete requires support or gets hurt or gets a free sandwich; the NCAA is not on the athlete’s side.

    2. cats646

      I’ll agree that the ncaa is corrupt and has completely ignorant rules, and also chooses to completely disregard their own rules at times. But college athletes should not get payed. They get their school payed for which is more than a lot of people get. And also if they payed someone then they would have to pay everyone in every sport and the university’s would go broke. It wouldn’t work.

    3. mcp157

      Boogie is right and if the NBA opens up the gates to the same age group that is able to go fight silly wars in the Middle East, then UK will be better off and we will have a purer product again and Cal’s coaching ability will shine even more.

  22. Aar

    The NCAA should not be getting the rap on this. The CBA between the NBA & NBPA governs the rule that has super-elite athletes like Williamson and others in college. The NCAA’s rules work for 99.999% of college student-athletes and don’t need to be changed. The CBA needs to be changed.

    1. Aar

      BTW, I think Boogie’s right but only for a very few athletes. Definitely 1 every 3 years. Maybe up to 7 per year. It all depends upon perspective.

  23. KYfaninTN

    So you want to mess up all college athletics for a handful of kids getting getting “screwed “

  24. mikeintn

    Who’s holding a gun to their head? if you don’t want to go to collage, don’t do it, you don’t have to. You do have other options, I think it’s silly to go and then complain about it, do they not know what the deal is? If it’s not the best deal for you don’t take it, if it is, do it and make the best of it. Most of us have to do the same with jobs, take it if you want to, and if you take it, do your job.

  25. bigbluehank

    This is a bad take. If Boogie didn’t want a year of free tuition, room and board, and meals, he could have skipped college altogether. Not to mention that the NCAA provided him a platform on which he could showcase his talents, basically acting as a job interview. It seems like Boogie is participating in the cool new fad of bashing the NCAA that many athletes and media members are engaging in.

  26. michaelb

    It’s okay to not have the same opinion as someone else. It doesn’t always warrant a paragraph or name calling . You have to respect his take on it since he was a 1nDone, I’d say

  27. dbake

    It really is pretty cut and dry. Don’t want to play college ball on a 100 percent free ride? Head over seas and play set out a year train then go to the nba. Playing college ball then complaining about not getting paid, when if fact you are getting paid is kinda like getting mad at the cop for writing you a speeding ticket when you were doing 90 in a 70….dont make a lot sense

  28. IndianaSucks

    Boogie is right. 100%.
    NCAA is a joke.

  29. dgtuk

    Love boogie but dont think I am gonna follow his astute advice…play on zion…

  30. JDizzle14

    Like a couple guys said earlier, they need to change it back to allowing players to go pro straight outta HS. That would eliminate all this mess. And u would see that 80 to 90% of the guys would go. And what the NCAA should do is make it to where if u do decide to play college ball, u would be required to stay AT LEAST 2 yrs, and maybe 3. But u know that would never happen. But that would truly weed out the issue of these “future NBA stars playing for nothing”. The ones who truly want to go or SHOULD go would go, then if u had guys playing college ball for 2 or 3 yrs, it would help restore some of the quality of NCAA ball that has been cleared out by the current system. The experience and seasoning of veteran players on college teams would definitely bring some of the attraction back to the college game that has been weeded out. And then u would know the guys who decided to play college ball DEFINITELY want to be there. Right now the best college players in the country r playing in the NBA, so let it be that way from the jump…..allow players to go straight outta HS.

  31. YourBoyBlue

    The idea of “amateurism” is what bothers me the most when it comes to the money making machine that is the NCAA. I’m not getting into the argument of should college players get paid or not, but why shouldn’t an 18 year old be able to test the pro waters for 2-3 years and then come back to play college if it doesn’t work out? There is no other profession that prevents you from quitting your job and going back to college with eligibility so why shouldn’t the NCAA allow it?

    I know that sounds crazy, but if you think about it the current rules put an unfathomable choice on young men and women and a very early age…..do I risk not getting a paid for education and career to chase my professional dreams or do I go to school and risk injury which would also crush my hopes and dreams?

    Personally, I’d have no problem seeing a 21 yr old 3-year D-League guy come in and play for my school. It’s not that much different than Kyler Murray having a paid contract with the Oakland A’s.

    Before the roasting begins keep in mind that I know that complicated things and my scenario isn’t perfect, but there’s fair logic to it geared towards making the choices these young men and women make less detrimental and provides options not given at the moment.

  32. BlueWildcat_99

    DeMarcus is right, no question about that

  33. notFromhere

    It’s a sht rule. Always has been. Has nothing to do with the NCAA. Has to do with the agreement with the players association. Cousins is only right like a stopped clock.

    The NCAA IS bullsht, but not for this reason. It’s got plenty of reasons. It was sht for him because he didn’t and doesn’t want to do what he didn’t and doesn’t want to do.

    One day when his career is over, I hope he will have had someone manage his money well and put it where he can’t touch the bulk of it except as a yearly payout, and that he stays away from the public as much as he can. Someone will say something to him and he will lose it all shortly thereafter. Wish it wasnt true, but you could see it plainly from the first half of the season