The college basketball system is broken. Most would agree with that statement after a major recruiting scandal hit the sport last fall, which resulted in the firing of Louisville Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino.
But the mother of former Duke basketball star Wendell Carter painted an even ugly picture than the scandal, going as far as comparing the sport’s landscape to slavery, Monday afternoon in front of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, which is a panel hoping to improve college sports.
“The problem that I see is not with the student-athlete, it’s not with the coaches and the institutions of higher learning, but it’s with a system like the only system I have ever seen where the laborers are the only people that are not being compensated for the work that they do, while those in charge receive mighty compensation,” Kylia Carter said according to The News & Observer.
“The only two systems where I’ve known that to be in place is slavery and the prison system, and now I see the NCAA as overseers of a system that is identical to that.”
Kylia Carter has a unique perspective, having played college basketball herself at Ole Miss. Her son played one season for Duke.
“It feels to me that, this is kind of tough to say, it looks like there is an attempt to legalize purchasing people is what this looks like,” she went on to say according to The News & Observer. “When you pull back everything, you want to find a way to legally purchase the talent of an athlete and not compensate him for it financially.
“Compensate him by affording him an education that he did not ask for and giving that to him and telling him it will be beneficial to him when the talent is all you wanted from him anyway. when you pull back everything, that’s all this is. How do we purchase this talent and not compensate the player?”
Wendell Carter averaged 13.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game during the 2017-18 season. He declared for the 2018 NBA Draft in April.