Interview With Dr. Russell T. Wigginton

Following up on my interview yesterday with the President of the NCPA, today I have a chat with Dr. Russell T. Wigginton, Vice President of College Relations at Rhodes College in Memphis, and the author of “The Strange Career of the Black Athlete: African Americans and Sports.”

I was able to chat with Dr. Wigginton about:

* The hypocrisy of  ‘One and Dones’
* How the NBA’s current policy is disproportionately harmful to underprivileged African American youth
* Why the NBA and players union should reevaluate its eligibility rules for young players. In baseball, an individual can declare for the First-Year Player Draft if he has graduated from high school.  Players from four-year colleges can enter the draft only if they have completed their junior or senior years, or if they are at least 21-years-old. I talked with Dr. Wigginton about why this could be a great model for the NBA to use.
* He provided his thoughts on Brandon Jennings heading to Europe to play basketball

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Ryan McNeill Ryan McNeill has appeared on ESPN Radio, MTV Canada, SiriusXM, The Fan 590 and other radio programs and TV shows. He has covered the NBA with media credentials since the 2007-08 season.

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