Friday, March 4, 2011

Tokoto - College Decision

A young man from Menomonee Falls, JP Tokoto, has decided to attend North Carolina for college.  Why the big deal?  He's one of the top if not the top High School Basketball player in the state, and he's a junior.

Now JP had the option of basically attending any college in the country that plays basketball. Wisconsin was his second choice and that seems to have stirred up the basketball geeks here in the state.

I've never met the young man, nor have I ever see him play live.  I have caught a game of his on the Time Warner Sports Channel.  The general consensus seems to be he is a very gifted athlete but needs to improve some aspects of his game.  What kid doesn't.

This should come as no surprise.  What is a surprise is reading the "blogs & sports boards" about this student.  What the heck is wrong with people?  JP's a kid, a talented kid, but a kid. Some of the things said about him are just plain out of line.  I'm a firm believer in constructive criticism in that it isn't vindictive and it's meant to help.  But being mean and viscious is out of line. 

Let the boy have his moment. He can announce his decision as he sees fit.  He can attend the school he wants, it's his life not yours.  You should be wishing him and all the other students the best.  No matter how you cut it, these young athletes are giving up time and energy to do something positive in their lives.  They are resisting the multitudes of temptations that are seducing way to many of our kids.  They are working hard to attain a goal, be it the NBA, college experience and a free ride, continue playing at a Division 3 school because they love the game, it doesn't matter.  What they're doing is a good thing and something they will remember the rest of their lives.

To all the young men and women working to improve your lives - keep at it and don't let the multitudes steal your dreams.

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