Count basketball analyst Charles Barkley among those who say college players should stay in school. This afternoon on CBS’ March Madness pregame show, Barkley said that he “hates ‘one and done,'” the practice of college players declaring for the NBA draft after only one year of school.
“They want to rush the process,” Barkley said regarding one and done players. “You learn to be a better basketball player in college. You learn how to play the game. You grow physically and mentally as a person. Quit trying to rush the process.”
This is obviously a pretty layered topic – some players choose to leave early because their families are struggling financially, and the promise of a big NBA payday changes that. Some leave early because they want to avoid a catastrophic injury in college, because no one wants to draft a player with a torn ACL.
Still, Barkley’s position is one of a former player. And it should be pointed out that when he was in school, he fell into the “financially struggling” category. Here are his full comments, via CBS.