Saturday, April 3, 2010

More Proof Of The Dilution of Talent In Colllege Basketball

1996 Kentucky was the last great team according to SI

SI Photos has a slide show up of the top 10 college basketball teams of all time. UCLA has multiple teams on the list, which comes as no surprise, and neither does the lack of teams over the past 10 years - 0.

The 1996 Kentucky team is the most recent to make the list. It is more than just coincidence the exodus of players from high schoolers and underclassmen to the NBA began to occur around this time. Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant started the trend for the prep stars and Chris Webber and Stephon Marbury started it for the collegians.

Hopefully the NCAA and NBA can work together in the next few years to get a rule similar to college baseball where players can go directly to the pros after high school, but if they do attend college they must stay for three years. I think the rule would benefit both.

And that '96 Kentucky team sent nine players to the NBA. I highly doubt we will ever see that again under the current rules.


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2 comments:

  1. I am really not sure what the NCAA is doing with College basketball. As you say there is the dilution of talent. Even the 1 year rule isn't helping that much. Just look at the final 4 teams, those are upperclassmen laden teams.

    Now they what to expanded to 96 teams in the tournament to further dilute the tournament.

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  2. Thanks for the comment.

    The 1 year rule is an NBA rule agreed on by the Players Association and the League Office. From what I have heard the agents really run the Players Association and they want new talent with big contracts every year, not some 13 year veteran getting a minimum deal on the bench.

    David Stern needs to wrestle power back from the agents and give it to the players who don't want these kids coming in and taking their jobs just to sit on the bench as well.

    If that happens then I think you will see the NBA and NCAA work something out like the NFL has.

    On the 96 teams, that is strictly money because the NIT is losing it and the NCAA wants a bigger TV contract. Has nothing to do with "giving more players a chance to play in the Big Dance".

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