Word - High school hot shots

South Gwinnett High School basketball phenom Louis Williams recently was picked by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round of the NBA draft, scrapping plans to attend the University of Georgia in the fall. Next year, the majority of high school players will not be eligible for the NBA draft because players will have to be at least 19 years old.

"We want to make our league a little older. I want to get NBA scouts out of high school gyms. It sends the wrong message for them to be there. Where does it stop?"?
- NBA Commissioner David Stern, to the San Jose Mercury News ?

b>"Nobody can say it would've been better off or worse. I could have been hurt my first day of [college] practice. ... I'm still at peace with my decision." ?
- Korleone Young, to the Wichita Eagle in December 1999. Young went to the NBA from high school and, due to injuries, played only 15 minutes in three games. He was cut at the end of the season. ?

b>"If [Louis Williams] is being compared to Allen Iverson, those are big shoes to fill. I would tell him to keep smiling and do what you say you're going to do. He's there to fit in, not take over." ?
- Darryl "Chocolate Thunder" Dawkins, the first high-schooler drafted into the NBA - and the first player to shatter a backboard. He was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1975.