It has been a very successful last few years for the Kentucky Wildcats including a national title last season before their entire starting lineup ended up leaving school to go to the NBA. This season has been a different season entirely as the Wildcats were ranked eighth in last week’s Associated Press poll but after losing twice, Kentucky fell completely out of the poll. This brings me to a larger issue with the NCAA though and that is the mass exodus of players after just one year in school.
I understand that there are a ton of players who have the ability to play right out of high school as we have seen over the past 10-15 years with LeBron James and Dwight Howard being two prime examples. The problem is most of other players need more time to work on their games and even better, get an education so they would have a fallback option if basketball doesn’t work out for them in the end. The time has come to make leaving college basketball the same as college football and have it be after three years in school.
This would allow players to get a proper education and learn about the pros and cons of a life being a professional athlete. There could be classes that are just about finance that every major college player has to take while they are in school. The game of college basketball has turned into a revolving door with no one knowing from year to year who is going to be good or bad. It’s time to make some changes to the current system.
Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.