Jaden Walker in the portal

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Not a good decision. Jaden is departing a top University with the opportunity to obtain a high-level degree, while getting some playing time and developing/playing in the Big 12, but will likely be going to a lower-tiered University, probably with more playing time, and limited to no exposure. Either way, what is his chances of playing professionally? Limited at best. If so, why transfer? I wish him the best of luck, but the transfer portal is allowing these kids to chase a dream or the "promise" of a better opportunity. I would like to see a study of numbers of athletes from football and basketball (both Women and Ment) that entered the transfer portal but did not find a landing spot.
 

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Not a good decision. Jaden is departing a top University with the opportunity to obtain a high-level degree, while getting some playing time and developing/playing in the Big 12, but will likely be going to a lower-tiered University, probably with more playing time, and limited to no exposure. Either way, what is his chances of playing professionally? Limited at best. If so, why transfer? I wish him the best of luck, but the transfer portal is allowing these kids to chase a dream or the "promise" of a better opportunity. I would like to see a study of numbers of athletes from football and basketball (both Women and Ment) that entered the transfer portal but did not find a landing spot.

Probably wasn't fully Jaden's decision.
 
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Have we now lost two entire recruiting classes in a row? I guess that's not surprising with a coaching change and the new transfer rules, but I'm not sure it's ever happened at ISU before.
Good luck, Jaden!
You must have forgotten the McDermott years. His real problem wasn't coaching, it was hanging on to players for whatever reason.
 
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Not a good decision. Jaden is departing a top University with the opportunity to obtain a high-level degree, while getting some playing time and developing/playing in the Big 12, but will likely be going to a lower-tiered University, probably with more playing time, and limited to no exposure. Either way, what is his chances of playing professionally? Limited at best. If so, why transfer? I wish him the best of luck, but the transfer portal is allowing these kids to chase a dream or the "promise" of a better opportunity. I would like to see a study of numbers of athletes from football and basketball (both Women and Ment) that entered the transfer portal but did not find a landing spot.
Pretty shortsighted take to think a school that is not P5 sports is not a 'high-level degree'. As you said, Jaden has little/no shot at going pro, maybe he can find another University where all that practice time can translate into some game-time, and maybe also be a better academic and/or cultural fit.

I follow the CAA because my daughter went to Drexel. While watching games this year I happened upon Darlingstone Dubar playing for Hofstra. I had completely forgot about him after only one year! He was like their 2nd leading scorer, and is going to a fairly highly rated university on Long Island while majoring in Finance (not much better place than NYC for that kind of major). Seems to be working out pretty well for him.
 

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Not a good decision. Jaden is departing a top University with the opportunity to obtain a high-level degree, while getting some playing time and developing/playing in the Big 12, but will likely be going to a lower-tiered University, probably with more playing time, and limited to no exposure. Either way, what is his chances of playing professionally? Limited at best. If so, why transfer? I wish him the best of luck, but the transfer portal is allowing these kids to chase a dream or the "promise" of a better opportunity. I would like to see a study of numbers of athletes from football and basketball (both Women and Ment) that entered the transfer portal but did not find a landing spot.
I don't know if we will ever know, but he may have been forced out.
 

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Not a good decision. Jaden is departing a top University with the opportunity to obtain a high-level degree, while getting some playing time and developing/playing in the Big 12, but will likely be going to a lower-tiered University, probably with more playing time, and limited to no exposure. Either way, what is his chances of playing professionally? Limited at best. If so, why transfer? I wish him the best of luck, but the transfer portal is allowing these kids to chase a dream or the "promise" of a better opportunity. I would like to see a study of numbers of athletes from football and basketball (both Women and Ment) that entered the transfer portal but did not find a landing spot.

Probably transferring to play more.

Thinking a degree isn't high level if it's not at a bigger school is pretty ignorant from a few directions.
 

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Not a good decision. Jaden is departing a top University with the opportunity to obtain a high-level degree, while getting some playing time and developing/playing in the Big 12, but will likely be going to a lower-tiered University, probably with more playing time, and limited to no exposure. Either way, what is his chances of playing professionally? Limited at best. If so, why transfer? I wish him the best of luck, but the transfer portal is allowing these kids to chase a dream or the "promise" of a better opportunity. I would like to see a study of numbers of athletes from football and basketball (both Women and Ment) that entered the transfer portal but did not find a landing spot.

Whether going pro or not, you have limited years of your life to play an organized sport at the competitive level. A degree from a top institution is increasingly unimportant for most job sectors. Pick up spot minutes for two more years at ISU, or get out there in front of a crowd at another school and play the game you love night in and night out?
 

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Whether going pro or not, you have limited years of your life to play an organized sport at the competitive level. A degree from a top institution is increasingly unimportant for most job sectors. Pick up spot minutes for two more years at ISU, or get out there in front of a crowd at another school and play the game you love night in and night out?
Couldn't agree more. The biggest impact is on your first job after graduation but once you're established in a lot of career paths, your actual work will carry far more weight than whatever institution you got your degree from. Obviously there are outliers both in certain fields and universities, like getting a degree from an Ivy, but then that ends up being more that you're "in the circle" than anything tangible.
 

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