CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Current and former NBA players say many high school stars have inflated views of their talent and the road they hope to travel to basketball riches.
Jerry Stackhouse said the recent National Basketball Players Association's Top 100 Camp exposed him to several prep stars who think they are on the fast track.
"It's kind of hard to fathom that kids right now are so much thinking about the one-and-done," the 14-year veteran said of prep players who expect to spend just one season in college.
"You've got kids that really should just be thinking about college and see what happens ... They just don't realize how hard it is and what it takes to be able to succeed at that (NBA) level. ... If you come in and you're not prepared to deal with everything, it'll chew you up and spit you out fast."
In many cases, Atlanta Hawks guard Maurice Evans said, that fast-track pursuit comes at the expense of developing fundamental skills.
"It's a process, and sometimes when you skip steps, you put yourself at a disadvantage," Evans, a six-year veteran and member of the NBPA's executive committee said. "At times, (basketball) does take a back seat, and the basketball is what's going to keep you around."
Nearly 30 of the top players missed this year's camp to attend tryouts for the USA under-17 and under-18 national teams. Still, Stackhouse said the one-and-done mindset pervades players' decision-making.
Stackhouse said he asked one player if his alma mater, North Carolina, was on the player's recruiting radar. But the player quickly dismissed the Tar Heels, saying their last one-and-done was Marvin Williams, the No. 2 overall pick in 2005 who never averaged as many as 15 points in the league.
"He wants to go somewhere where it's one-and-done -- and he has maybe a total of 10 points in three games that we've played," Stackhouse said. "Go figure, man. Go figure."
Gary Trent, who retired in 2004 after an injury-plagued career, found himself trying to help a player on his team reorganize his limits.
When Trent asked the player about his goals, the player told him he planned a long NBA career but would go to college to develop a backup plan.
"I told him, 'The NBA needs to be your backup plan,"' Trent said.
Trent earned the nickname the 'Shaq of the MAC' while winning three consecutive Mid-American Conference player of the year awards at Ohio University, but managed to remain healthy enough to play in 60 games just five times during his journeyman nine-year career.
Many players didn't seem interested in his career story, Trent said, "because they think they're developing their own."
Others, however, were eager to absorb all they could.
Two of them -- Texas-bound point guard Myck Kabongo and point guard B.J. Young of St. Louis -- squared off in one of the featured pairings of the camp on the opening night.
The following morning, both were back in the gym at 6:45 a.m., well before the programs started, trying to soak up information from the available pros.
"I try to talk to them as much as I can," Young said. "I try to get advice from them since they're there and they've been in the league and they've experienced it and know what's going on."
Kabongo, attending the camp for the third time, stood out for more than his ability, retired NBA player J.R. Reid said.
"He's been diving on the floor for loose balls," Reid said. "He's a leader, getting guys in their sets. This guy's humble, 'Yes sir, No sir,' and he's supposed to be the best player here."
Kabongo also has had more time to mature, moving away from his family in Toronto three years ago to play for Danny Hurley at St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, N.J.
"I just wanted to play against the best," he said. "That's all I wanted since I was a kid. ... I just worked every day, and now I'm almost there."