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With Randle going to Kentucky, that gives the Wildcats six of the top 20 kids in the country. It is ruining the game. Think about it these kids are basically making a 7-month committment to Calipari to try and get drafted as high as possible. After next April they will quit school and start prepping for the draft. It is a joke and as a basketball fan it is ruining the game at both the college in NBA levels. I really wish that the one-and-done rule would get changed. Let these kids go pro out of HS, what is the difference if they do it out of HS or quit college after two semesters, but once they sign a committment they should be in for three years. I remember in the mid-90's when you had Shaq, Alonzo Mourning, Laettner, Jim Jackson, Jaamal MAshburn and tons of other studs all playing in the tournament right now. HAted the team of FReshman that won it last year.
In terms of a monopoly on talent, It's really akin to Wooden's classes at UCLA (the parallel of whispers about money for these kids is also interesting). The difference was Wooden's kids had to stick around a while and work on a degree somewhat.
I hate it too because it's Cal doing it and clearly he is incapable of succeeding without a serious built-in advantage in terms of talent. He is the antithesis of Bo Ryan in that regard.
Even if OSU was the school doing this, I would still hate it. I mean think about Oden and Conley - it hardly seems like were even Buckeyes and that is one year. I really prefer the DeShaun Thomas way of doing things.
Hired guns but Calipari will assure all of us that they're really taking their academics seriously and kicking ass in the classroom. Uh huh......
Wooden won FIVE titles without either Wlaton or Alcindor. Pretty sure you wouldn't have to pay players to live in Los Angeles and play for the greatest coach of any sport at any level. Live in Lexington though and play for a farce of a coach? That's a different story.
I agree with you on this....I actually have never liked the thought of kids bypassing college and going pro nor do i like the one and done rule.
A possible happy medium (Jalen Rose talked about this over the weekend as well) would be to allow kids to go pro out of HS but if they sign a letter of intent to play college then they need to commit for at minimum of two years.
the one and done is awful......I personally would never like to see kids bypass college to go pro becuase SO FEW have been successful.
Even though Calipari is getting the top ranked recruits in bunches it doesn't always = success when you have kids going to UK to basically prep for the NBA. You have to get these kids to buy into the college program and playing together for a year as a team.
Quite frankly I do not see how he continues to do this without longer term damage. In 4 years they made it to the elight 8, made it to the final four, won it all, and got bounced first round of the NIT.
What is considered succesful with a model like that? Win it all every year? Final four every year? I would think at a minimum you woudl expect to make the final four every year.....but who knows.
All i know is i do not like his system and i am glad they got their ass beat by Bob Morris in the NIT!!!!!!
Arguments can be made for both scenarios. At first I was a fan of making them play at least one year, because the NBA was being littered with high school kids who were not ready. Many of them were out of the league quickly. The one year in college made some realize they weren't ready.....see Deshaun Thomas, he was presumably a one and done and now he is a junior.
Now you have these guys pairing up and essentially forming super teams for their half years in school. I have a strong feeling that these same guys would go the international route, if they were forced to stay in college more than a year.
How many of the freshman in the country this season do we think would of rather jumped right to the NBA instead of a year in college? How many would make it once drafted. Lebron, Kobe and Garnett are rare finds. There are many that it did work out for, but it wasn't instant success, but there are many that it didn't work out for.
Egos don't always mesh..we saw that this year...be interesting to see how he fits all these kids in if everyone comes back like they are saying now
Amen, I love to see kids to at least to years to learn the game. It would make the product(basketball) alot better.
Does Kentucky still have enough cap room to sign Wiggins?
We may have lost the battle......but not the war.
Did y'all know Kentucky have an athlete dorm where their hoops players have a private chef in it?
We don't have anything like that. Calipari can't possibly fail with that type of advantage. It shows they care more about hoops and are willing to invest more.
I'm mixed... I believe in free market and if someone can make money doing something then they have the right to do that.
But you would have to be blind to not realize what this is doing to college basketball. Those 6 kids are forming a "super team". They may fail, but more then likely by the end of the season everyone else will be playing for 2nd place.
I don't have an answer, just don't like it. It seems like it is getting worse every year. These KIDS are putting all their eggs into basketball. They start playing year round at a crazy early age. It's broken, but don't know how to fix the problem.
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It's freaking sweet also. I have a buddy who is a big doner and he got to tour...it's could be on mtv cribs.
They don't like to showcase that because "all students get the same treatment" ... but he said it was sweet.
The NBA is a business though, so there is no guarantee that a kid will get drafted. That wasn't an issue before, but it could become one. The number of high school players could increase to the point that guys not good enough declare and don't get picked.
If there was a good way to regulate how it worked, I think it could work that.
I am amazed that Calipari can get 6 kids of that caliber to commit in the same class. That's impressive no matter what the circumstances. I'm intrigued to see how he's going to manage minutes with his returning players. At least they won't get Andrew Wiggins too.
Think of it like this - If he goes undefeated next year, he'll probably jump ship to the NBA. He has said that's the only goal left to attain.
As a side note Rick Barnes needs to get fired letting 3 McD All Americans from his home state all bounce to Kentucky...
This post was edited by roc1507 13 months ago
baseball does it - you just set a date and either you are in the draft or you are going to college for at least 3 years - if you don't get drafted you would have to work your way up through other leagues- the rule is simple really
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