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Should the NCAA Have a Rule For Basketball Players Staying In School?

Updated on April 5, 2012

Mark Cuban announced earlier this week that he believes players in college should have to play for three years before entering the NBA Draft. This has been a huge debate the last few weeks with Kentucky winning the National Championship with a team of one-and-done players, meaning they are mostly freshman who are all going pro after the season. From what I've heard on ESPN from analysts, opinions are split about down the middle.

Personally for me, I don't have a problem with these kids going pro. I don't have a problem with them going to the NBA out of high school if they're good enough. We have to look at this rationally. Guys like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James came right out of high school when it was allowed by the NBA and they are the two best basketball players in the league. If these guys went to college, they are going to major in basketball. People get caught up that these guys are just playing a game, but it's more than that. It's a multi-million dollar industry. This is a career for these guys. Anthony Davis went to Kentucky knowing that he was going to be an NBA player. Some people go to school to be doctors, lawyers, and accountants. That's perfectly fine because that's what they want to do. This kid wants to play basketball for a living in a professional organization. Why should we frown upon this if he gets a job offer before he graduates college? Isn't that what we go to college for? To get the job that we want?

I challenge any of the people against these kids leaving early to put themselves in these players shoes. If you're offered a $30 million dollar contract to go play basketball (which is what you want to do for a living), you're going to take it regardless of how many years of schooling you have. I have friends in Michigan that are police officers who dropped out of college to take their respective jobs. They wanted to be cops and left school early because they were offered jobs. Should we frown upon these guys for choosing to take the job they wanted all along?

I have no problem with these kids leaving early. People leave school all the time to take jobs and nobody harasses them. With all that being said, I'll be the first to admit that it's bad for college basketball as a fan, but that's not their problem. Their goal is to get a job in the NBA and when that opportunity comes knocking, they need to take it. Anyone who says they shouldn't is looking at this from the wrong perspective. We need to realize that these guys are making career choices and this is bigger than a game or a sport for them. It's a way of life.

Do you think the NCAA should make a rule for players to stay in school for a period of time?

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      Bigpayno 6 years ago from Indianapolis, Indiana

      I agree. It used to be that way. Think back on the North Carolina teams that had Jordan, Perkins, and Worthy. Or the UNLV team with Larry Johnson and Stacy Augmon. Patrick Ewing stayed four years at Georgetown. Those days are long gone. College basketball will never be like it used to be, and that sucks as a fan. I just hope they clean up the NBA so we can have GOOD basketball to watch at that level.

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      SundayRed 6 years ago from Lincoln, ME

      I can see your side. Maybe its my selfishness as well. We see the NCAA as loaded during the tourneys but if players like Durant of Carmelo stayed, by the time they were seniors, the NCAA would be as thrilling as the NBA. But I agree with the manager's comment, I was promoted at 21 and that worked out well at the time. Best way to learn is experience not necessarily books.

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      Bigpayno 6 years ago from Indianapolis, Indiana

      Thanks for the comment! I respectfully disagree though. I don't think it's a matter of who is ready or not. No one should be the judge of that expect the team drafting them. There are a lot of people that are promoted to manager's in companies that aren't ready for that role, but they learn. It's no different. I agree that many players like Kwame Brown failed miserably, but who has the right to deny them of that opportunity to try and succeed? Greg Oden didn't have success because he had two bad knees by the time he got to Ohio State. I knew he was going to be a bad pro, so for him to stay wouldn't have done much good. At least he was able to make some money before his body gave out.

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      SundayRed 6 years ago from Lincoln, ME

      Obviously if your offered millions of dollars you're going to take it. But Lebron and Kobe are exceptions not standard for hs players. Look at Kwame Brown. Maybe a third of the players that came from High school to the NBA were ready and became stars(these are just the only ones that get the coverage). I think the NBA should take NFL eligibility rules where you can after 2 years but they should also say if your a projected lottery pick. Greg Oden came out too early, his body wasn't physically ready and now his career is likely over.

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      MarkRFox 6 years ago

      Impossible to enforce. College is a priveledge and a choice, not mandatory, which means the answer is NO


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