NBA… I Don’t Need College
His name is Greg Oden and he will make millions of dollars when he’s selected as the #1 overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. He is 19 years-old, 7′ tall and 245 lbs. and just completed his first and last year of college basketball.
I strongly oppose the rule that the NBA adopted a couple years ago that forces talented young men such as Oden to attend college basketball for a minimum of one year. It’s a joke!
This is America isn’t it? Many people have shed a lot of blood for individuals to have the right to make individual choices regardless of the outcome.
The NBA and the NCAA are in bed together on this issue and are making millions of dollars in the process. The NCAA makes money by bringing in kids that don’t want to be in college (or shouldn’t) knowing that they will not graduate. These student-athletes feed the monster which is March Madness and pour in countless dollars to the universities and colleges. The NBA has a farm-system which is providing these future NBA players a training ground.
When a young man completes his prep studies he should be allowed to have the option of pursuing a college education or by pursuing his dream of the NBA. He shouldn’t be forced to work for the NCAA (for free) by accepting just a 1-year scholarship.