It's a tough question for sure, but D-1 sports seems to want it both ways. The schools and players sure aren't turning down any of the money or notoriety that indicate a professionalism, but want us to remember that these are just kids as they cash our thousand $$$ checks for our season tickets. A little disingenuous.[/B]
That appears to be the issue that rears its head constantly. Are these young men kids who should be treated like kids or are they essentially adults and professionals subject to the scrutiny of any other public figure. I don't think there is an automatic correct response, although I would lean toward treating them more as kids than professionals and public figures.
The issue gets even more complex with the exposure of club basketball and social media. Some of these guys, while kids, may be far better prepared to handle media scrutiny than most of us.