“I have nothing but love for the brotherhood and thank my teammates and everyone associated with the program. Duke will always have a special place in my heart and will always be a part of me.” — Small Forward Jalen Johnson announcing he is leaving Duke to prepare for the NBA after playing only 13 games

Guess there are limits to “love” and “brotherhood.”

Almost DailyBrett was born at night, just not last night. Your author instinctively knows PR-speak when he sees it, reads it, hears it and smells it.

Jalen Johnson cleaned out his locker, left his special place Duke team in the lurch after about 90 days, took away a college scholarship from another deserving player, and then preached love and kisses to his team to mask his selfish action.

Was Mike Krzyzewski’s Duke basketball team a means to an end? Johnson only cared about the end (e.g., NBA) not the means (Duke issuing a nice PR statement) to mask the fact that Jalen was not getting enough PT (playing time). He quit, he quit big time to work on his game for the June NBA draft.

Many get all warm and fuzzy in early spring about one-and-done March Madness. One loss in the tournament is all it takes to end this year’s dreams and start moving on to next year for the 68 teams that qualify for the NCAAs.

One-and-done also has a much more sinister connotation, when it comes to players suiting up for universities for only one year. The NBA prohibits players from entering the league’s draft until a year has passed since high school. A young stud decides to attend a university (maybe even take a semester or two or a quarter or two) to stay eligible and then moves on to the two-round draft (e.g., 60 players selected).

Almost DailyBrett contends under One-and-Done, there is very little opportunity to experience university life, let alone develop cherished love and brotherhood. Your author detests football players not playing in their team’s bowl game after three seasons, but a 19-year quitting and clearing out his locker after the 13th game is a new low.

What about making a commitment and honoring that pledge? Jalen signed a letter or intent. Is the letter just a bunch of words for you to ignore at your convenience? Can’t you see it through until the end of the NCAA tournament? Guess not.

The madness of this one-and-done scheme is that elite teams are stocking up on NBA quality freshmen, who don’t give a damn about matriculating to college degree. Isn’t the purpose of tertiary education universities and colleges to educate students, enabling them to achieve credentials and experience the best of student life?

As long as the NFL and NBA do not develop real minor leagues — such as those formed and operated by their MLB and NHL cousins — then the football and basketball leagues will rely on the universities as their minor leagues.

Forget about the academic missions of universities and colleges. The real question for NFL and NBA teams: Can NCAA coaching staffs prepare players for professional field turf or parquet?

Winners Never Quit; Quitters Never Win

“That guy (Jalen Johnson) was hurting them so they actually are much better now without him. He was just doing some things and keeping other people from playing that are good.” — Former Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim

“Jalen Johnson does not have a ‘camp,’ ‘people in his ear,’ or a ‘posse.’ He has a family. He has a mother and father helping him, with his best interests in mind, making decisions. We can differ with the decision, but the undertones of the criticism of Johnson are concerning.” — Sanctimonious ESPN Basketball Commentator Jay Bilas, who by the way played at Duke

Almost DailyBrett is concerned that college basketball has reached an even lower nadir. The first One-and-Done player has quit his team in mid-season to pursue the NBA draft, establishes a horrible precedent. Jalen Johnson and others to follow are making a mockery out of the term, “student athlete.”

Johnson was an athlete, who had zero interest in being a teammate, much less being a student. He was there at Duke, simply to bide playing time.

Your author has always contended the most important public relations of all is personal public relations. Your family should be the first to teach sons and daughters about the importance of making good decisions and protecting one’s personal reputation.

When it comes to an NBA team making its precious two draft selections, and paying out literally millions for each one, does it want to take a huge gamble on a quitter? Does it want to overlook the character of someone who left his team in the lurch?

And when it came to Jalen Johnson’s alleged love and brotherhood, there was little brotherhood and much less love.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/donyaeger/2021/02/17/why-quitting-duke-basketball-strokes-the-wrong-key-for-top-nba-prospect/?sh=33c5bb34aa23

https://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/30907855/freshman-jalen-johnson-opts-remainder-duke-season-begin-preparation-nba-draft

https://www.syracuse.com/orangebasketball/2021/02/jim-boeheim-radio-show-jimmys-status-with-cornell-duke-being-better-without-jalen-johnson-ncaa-tournament.html