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The entire Kentucky Wildcats starting 5 has declared for the NBA draft.  Anthony Davis and company went to Kentucky for one reason, to win a quick championship and get paid.  There are many people who do not like this trend of NCAA basketball.  They complain that it is ruining the college game and that no dynasties are possible because players such as these Wildcats are one and done.  However, if you think about it, isn’t the point of college generally so you could get a good job that pays well.  How many jobs pay better than NBA ball players?  Not too many.

These players have stayed within the system, earned everything that have coming to them and are making the correct decisions for themselves and their families.  Anthony Davis will be the first pick, sign a multi-million dollar signing bonus, get a fat salary and a huge shoe deal by the time the summer starts.  If he stayed in college he would be much poorer, have nothing left to prove, and risk injury that could potentially ruin his chances for all the money he is guaranteed to have right now.  In America, if you are 18, you can become employed.  If the NBA owners are willing to invest their money into these kids, who was we to say they shouldn’t take it?  The colleges will always replace their stars with new players, so I believe in this current system, all parties are making out pretty well.

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5 responses

  1. It’s not rebuilding when the reason you are getting these recruits is because you are guaranteeing they will be in the NBA the next season. It’s just a one stop practice squad that gets to cut down a net once in a while. I think there would be a lot more integrity in college basketball if they kept them there at least 1 year longer.

    April 18, 2012 at 6:39 PM

  2. I’m sure if you went to Kentucky then you will continue to root for Kentucky regardless. The same goes for other big name schools like UCLA, Ohio State, Indiana, Florida, etc. But the fact of the matter is that people like me who attended schools like the University at Buffalo do not have loyalty to their school sports. Personally I enjoy rooting for teams that stay together for at least 2 years like my 90’s Red Storm with the Ron Artest and Anthony Glover or even most recently the Billy Donovan lead Gators with Noah and crew. I would have loved to see at least 3 of the 5 starts from this years Wildcats to come back.

    April 18, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    • I agree but look what Kentucky did last year for example. They made the Final Four and lost to Kemba Walker, then most of that team went pro, they got all new talent and won a championship. They also have the top college recruit coming in next year and will have 3 other top 50 high school players. I think its also fun to watch a team rebuild year after year and dominate at the level Kentucky has been able to.

      April 18, 2012 at 6:28 PM

  3. I disagree with you about loyalty in the college game. People tend to root for the schools they went to or currently attend. I don’t think these alumni or student bodies will stop rooting for their schools because players are there or not. I think the fans of Kentucky are perfectly happy that their team won a championship with a bunch of one and done players, and will look to next year for the next crop.

    I do agree with you about allowing HS players go to the pros, which was what I argued in your previous post. The players have adapted to the system that Stern and the NBA changed in 2005, but it should never have been changed in the first place.

    April 18, 2012 at 6:08 PM

  4. As I have stated in my previous blogs, I think that players should not be aloud to be one-and-done. If this is what the rule is then I think they should just let them go straight from High School to the NBA. If they go to college, I feel they should be required to stay there for atleast 2 years otherwise no one will ever stay loyal to the teams they like. That’s just what I think.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:21 PM

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