Should college basketball players be allowed to declare for the NBA draft after after one year in the NCAA's? Should they be required to go to college at all? Should they be required to stay for two or three years before declaring for the draft? All these questions have been asked a million times and everyone seems to have their own opinion. There's a pretty solid discussion on ESPN here: http://espn.go.com/dallas/nba/story/_/id/7778070/dallas-mavericks-mark-cuban-make-players-stay-3-years-ncaa if you want to update yourself on some of the perspectives. My question, however, has to do with Gonzaga.
Do you believe that if college basketball athletes were required to stay in college for 2-3 years before going to the NBA, Gonzaga would benefit from that decision? We've never lost a player to the draft before their Jr. year (Morrison and Daye both left their after their Jr. year, right?) so we gain no benefit there. However, other teams around the NCAA would be full of solid NBA prospects and it might help our recruiting. Think of Kyle Wiltjer; I doubt he would have picked Kentucky if all of the '10/'11 and '11/'12 players were required to stay on the team. Infact, I don't think Kentucky would have had so many stars in the past couple years. Would this spread out the top talent? Would this be the end of GU as we know it because the top tier schools just got 10x better? Would there be 5-10 super teams that completely destroy anyone outside the top circle and reverse some of the parity that has been achieved in the past decade?
I know some people don't like theoretical sports questions, but I love them. And honestly, I would like to see what the Slipper community thinks about this. In my opinion, things might get really bad for GU if super stars keep deciding to stick with the UNC's, Duke's, and Kentucky's of the world AND have to stay for 2-3 years. One of the great equalizers in college basketball right now, is that teams like GU keep most of our players for next year, and some of the best teams have to try and reload.
Anyway, what are you're thoughts? Go Zags!