Jason Williams Speaks To Kids

After the unfortunate end of his NBA career, Jason Williams parlayed his Duke degree into an enviable second career with ESPN. - Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

And he told them some inportant things, too.

With the O' Bannon trial, the EA settlement and the manuevering of the Big Five power conferences for more autonomy, any mention or concern about education has essentially been suspended.

The SEC and its fans have been particularly vulgar in this regard, but UNC, once a real presence when it came to academics, or at least talking of it, has been no help.

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So the vulgarians and the exploiters are at the gates and athletes, who are used and discarded all too often, are being offered better crumbs than before, but still not enough to compensate for being robbed of an education.

So it's nice to see Jason Williams talking to young hopefuls and giving them a better perspective.

The truth is this: even if some sort of profit sharing for lack of a better term, is arranged, it's no panacea.

Even if the elite players are making six figures, it won't last long and will go even faster once basketball is over.

The NCAA has never been able to link education, enlightenment and life prosperity successfully.

Yet that's the best thing on offer and worth millions, not to mention the richness it gives one's life.

It's harder to get that message above the commercialist din, but it's still worth saying.

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