For a guy that turned pro out of high school, Tracy McGrady sure does have a strong opinion on how long prospects should stay in college. But that’s how these things usually go, right?
“I actually think they should implement having these guys go to school for two years,” McGrady said. “What is it, one year now? At least go to school for two years because the league is so young. I think we need to build our league up. I mean, I hate to say it, but the talent in this league is pretty down.”
… “It was pretty difficult becoming a man so early and competing against grown men,” McGrady said. “You’re the best player on the floor in high school and then you come face the best players in the world. Also, the transition to living on your own, having to deal with the traveling, dealing with the different climaxes, getting into cities at 2 or 3 in the morning and then waking up the next morning for shootarounds and practices. I mean, it was a culture shock.”
Hindsight is always 20-20, I guess. It’s an interesting opinion, as McGrady went on to say, “Well, let’s see, adidas gave me a $12 million contract. I mean, (expletive), enough said” on why he bypassed college himself.
Personally, I feel the NBA should handle the matter much like structures we’ve seen in MLB. Where on one hand you the ability to opt for the pros should you need to provide for your family, or whatever reason. Whereas on the other hand, should you not choose to go pro, you have to commit to three years of school.
Not only would it elevate the overall talent and intrigue of college basketball again, but it would allow those who need a choice to have a choice.