Tuesday, January 20, 2009

New England Draft Pick To Say In School

Hey all,
I got official word tonight that New England Revolution draft pick Andrei Gotsmanov (24th overall), who is from right here in my Twin Cities, has decided to finish his senior year of school at Creighton, and then report to his new team in May. From what I gather the team are aware of this, and understand completely. So if he get's his degree, which I assume is really important to him, and then get's a shot to make the team this summer, then it's a great deal all around. Best of luck to Andrei, and the Revs.


Blogger Super Rookie said...

Good for him.

7:29 PM  
Anonymous KirkBhoy said...

As the draft gets less and less important, teams should let non-GA players finish school, almost as a policy. Missing the player for a couple months can't possibly overcome their comfort of having their degree in hand and being able to put their focus into the team full-time.

Ray Burse spent his first season flying back and forth to Ohio to finish his degree. That had to have been awfully distracting.

It'll be good for league PR too.

8:58 PM  
Blogger digchros said...

I disagree that it should be "almost as policy." There are lots of different situations and I can see why somebody on the fence would want to be there from the start. Like in most things, if you jump in at the middle it is much harder to adjust to those who have been there from the start.

Also, from my understanding it doesn't seem like the team's are making life hard for the players who do want to go back to school. There's been reports of at least one other guy doing it.

It's slightly different, by Amy Rodriguez, the first pick in the new WPA draft, is going to take her senior year on the road to Boston and take classes while playing for the Breakers from the start: http://soccer.teamusa.org/news/article/8988

1:36 PM  

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