In a recent interview for ESPN The Magazine's college basketball preview issue, Kansas Jay Hawks freshman, Andrew Wiggins acknowledged his goals for this season.
"Win another championship, a national championship," he said. "Follow in Anthony Bennett’s footsteps of going No. 1." (2013 NBA Draft)
I have a problem with him mentioning following in Anthony Bennett’s footsteps, mainly because I feel the attitude of “one and done” by many basketball players is destroying college basketball.
Wiggins was also asked what he enjoyed most since he arrived at Kansas.
"I would say just being able to enjoy my last year of school," Wiggins said.
Please don’t get me wrong because I am not bashing Wiggins, but this mentality along with the rise of college underclassman period entering the NBA draft every year is a major problem for NCAA member schools.
According to Rob Dauster of NBC sports, 47 players left school with eligibility remaining to put their name into the 2013 NBA Draft, with 20 of those 47 failing to make an NBA roster in their first seasons as professionals.
In ACC tobacco road country, this includes former North Carolina State Wolfpack standouts: Lorenzo Brown and CJ Leslie.
I call it “Nite (informal) Fever” because a lot of these players are blinded by the darkness of uncertain riches with no light to direct them through those dark paths.
Wiggins is one of the fortunate ones because his father is a former NBA player and understands what that entails of.
If you have read any of my past Blogs, you are aware that I am not a fan of one and done period and I would like to one day see the NBA and their players, follow a draft sort of similar to Major League Baseball.
After graduation high school baseball players can enter the MLB draft, but if they enter college, (unless a junior college) they become ineligible until after they have finished their junior or senior years or will turn 21 years old no later than 45 days after the draft.
I sort of like this rule because the purpose of it, is to allow elite high school players to turn pro immediately, while ensuring college teams have some measure of cohesiveness with 3-year commitments.
The NBA also needs to do a much better job in marketing their D-League and use it as a farm system similar to minor league baseball especially for those high school players who don’t meet academic requirements for colleges.
What do all elite high school athletes and college underclassmen need to remember? For every successful NBA player in the league; there are many who failed to make it!
****Information from espn.com and nbcsports.com were used in this blog****