Every year in college basketball there’s a spotlight for one player who’s making a big push to the pros. Usually the player is an underclassmen. In recent years (since 2005), you’ve had Greg Oden and Kevin Durant, both freshmen in 2006-2007, having a prominent place in the media. You had Michael Beasley in 2007. In 2008 you had Blake Griffin.
Now there’s freshman John Wall of Kentucky, who should be in the NBA, but thanks to the rule where athletes must spend a year in college, they must abide by that rule. Wall surely knows he should be in the NBA, and so does everybody who watches college basketball.
Y’know, these players who play a year or two always lead their teams to a couple of nice wins, games that are definitely on ESPN for quite a mammoth-like portion of the season, and then they fall flat in the tourney against a team that’s more than likely well rounded.
Wall, in what is likely to be his only season at the U of K, has rekindled a school that once had a proud winning tradition that was non-existent over the last five seasons. Kentucky fans appreciate that.
A lot of people who practically jack off college basketball will tell you time and time again that the reason they don’t watch pro ball is because of the greed of money and the 82 games of bullshit. Sure, I can agree with that. However, college ball has just as many flaws. One-and-done freshmen and practically just as many stars (I’m waiting for people to jump all over the last comment in the comment section).
What is the NBA and NCAA to do with this rule?