If you’re a young basketball player with dreams of one day playing in the NBA, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has a bit of advice for you: Skip all that college stuff and just go to the D-League.
Cuban shared his thoughts with ESPN Dallas:
“The NCAA rules are so hypocritical, there’s absolutely no reason for a kid to go [to college], because he’s not going to class [and] he’s actually not even able to take advantage of all the fun because the first semester he starts playing basketball. So if the goal is just to graduate to the NBA or be an NBA player, go to the D-League.”
Cuban floated the idea of guaranteeing college tuition for such players if their NBA dreams don’t come to fruition:
“A major college has to pretend that they’re treating them like a student-athlete, and it’s a big lie and we all know it’s a big lie. At least at most schools, not all. … But we can put more of an emphasis on their education. We can plan it out, have tutors. We can do all kinds of things that the NCAA doesn’t allow schools to do that would really put the individual first.”
What do you think, FanSiders? Are you fine with the one-and-done rule currently in place? Do you think Cuban’s ideas have merit? Sound off in the comments below.