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February 20, 2007

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Dan

I agree with the General. I do not like the one-and-done players, but it's the fault of the NBA. The NFL rule is much better for both college sports and for the athletes who get time to mature without the pressures of thinking about pro sports.

John Gerdy

I agree with Knight on this one. The fact is, if a kid is good enough to make the jump to the pros out of high school, who are we...or the NBA to stop them? The hypocrisy is that from day one they are pushed (relentless practice schedules, etc.) to maximize their athletic ability...often at the expense of their academic development....and then when they get good enough to make millions of dollars as a result of that ability, then we say "Wait! This kid needs an education...School is too important! It's a farce.

Ryan

Coach Knight is right on. With the special treatment college athletes get, many of them just glide through as it is. It's going to be even worse with these guys that are forced to go one and done. In my opinion, better to leave college for the guys that want to go to learn and or develop as players. They'll stick around for 2, 3, 4 years and we won't have the constant player turn over.

Chigger

The interesting thing that's not mentioned in this discussion is how the influx of raw high school and short-term college talent has diluted the NBA game, both in terms of quality and appeal. Things like teamwork, court-sense and decision-making take a back seat to one-on-one basketball. The league remains competitive when that's the status quo, but it's becoming apparent that these kids can't compete on the international stage.

Joe

I fully agree with Bobby Knight on this one. The fact that players can go to college for one year, basically not go to class, and be rewarded for it by being one of the highest picks in the NBA Draft is absurd. Sure, they are immensly talented, but by not essentially not going to college, they end up lacking discipline. Fact is, if they finished college, they would be more mature players, and gain more experience to become NBA ready, rather than sitting on the bench for their first few years in the league.

andy fine

what difference does being a non-student rent-a-player for 1,2, or 3 years matter?--same principle--hypocrisy.Is not Durant leaving after 1 year less offensive than Elden Campbell going for 4 yrs. and being handed a self-admitted undeserved degree?

Marc Isenberg

This is not the NBA's problem. The age minimum was collectively bargained between owners and players. Great players can spend their "gap" year playing professional basketball (just not in the NBA) or going to college. If (and that's a very BIG IF) athletic programs were truly committed to the academic mission of the institution, they probably wouldn't take hired, one-year guns. But back to reality. Whatever criticism leveled against an institution is a small price to pay.

The question is whether Coach Knight makes a valid argument. Andy makes a great point...there are many other examples of athletes who spend far longer time in school without getting anywhere close to a meaningful education, but that's somehow not a big deal.

There is one more thing to take in account here, and that is individual MATURITY.
If I'm not mistaken ALL of the players involved in the(NBA) fight at Madison square Garden were players that either left college early or did not attend at all. It is putting a gun in the hands of a teenager when the individual is expected to step into a adult world wthout any life training. A high school athlete like Labron James went from zero income a year too a multi million dollar income in less that 12 months.
Although I think Labron is one of the more mature young athletes in the game today the culture shock, good, or bad has to mess with his head.
What kind of false picture are these athletes getting of life, and will they be able to adjust when their careers come to an end?

Willie

So staying in college 4 years equals maturity? Give me a break. If I am not mistaken ALL the players involved in the Miami-FIU football brawl were in COLLEGE. The fact is the majority of NBA players did not stay in school 4 years.

DeSean

One word "STUDENT-athlete" Does that mean anything anymore? I know that my high school coaches stress academics similar to Coach Knight. The players have to understand that school comes first and playing ball is a privilege. They don't have to play ball, but they do need something to fall back on in case they can't get to the BIG STAGE.

DS DS

I don't agree that players should have to stay for one year. In fact it's bullshit.

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