Wichita State’s athletic director is at least willing to have a discussion about player compensation.
On the subject of paying athletes, the Wichita State AD said he believes athletes should be paid.
But it comes down to value, the sport, and how do you pay the players.
“You take a basketball team,” Boatright began. “One or two kids probably are marketable. Landry Shamet last year, he probably could’ve brought a little money. He had value, but you have kids on the end of the bench that don’t bring any value. Do you pay them the same? If so, why?”
All good questions. I suspect that the garbage coming out with the basketball fraud case is making athletic directors, or the realistic ones, anyway, face up to what a black market in high schoolers (and parents) says about the value of some student-athletes. You’d think it would behoove the NCAA and schools to get proactive with this, but who are we kidding here?