Even casual observers of college basketball have noticed a decline in the quality of play in recent years, and Len Elmore says a key factor has been the declining influence of high school coaches.
"High school coaches have been obscured by the travel team coaches," said Elmore, the former Maryland star who became a broadcaster and lawyer after his NBA career. "More games are played on travel teams many times than there are in high school. High school is usually where the coaches will drill you on fundamentals and will try to keep you immersed in skills of the game. That gap creates a huge problem once you get into the college game."
Here's more analysis from Leonard at the IMG World Congress of Sports presented by SportsBusiness Journal/Daily in Los Angeles where he received the Champions Award for being a pioneer and innovator in the industry: