What If High School Stars Went to College: Re-Writing Basketball History

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What If High School Stars Went to College: Re-Writing Basketball History

We are getting close to another year of March Madness.

The NCAA tournament is always filled with classic games, unforgettable plays, Cinderella teams and so on.

I often wonder what college basketball history, (NBA history too, for that matter), would be like if former and current prep-to-pro NBA stars went to college. Certain teams were a player or two away from having a totally different season.

Although the age limit has been tweaked, the 1971 Spencer Haywood v. National Basketball Association court case made all of this early jumping to the NBA possible.

What could have been if Moses Malone stuck to his commitment and enrolled at the University of Maryland, choosing college over the ABA in the process? Would anybody else have done it if he did not?

Malone's decision had it's strongest effect over 20 years later, but it did immediately influence the lives of two players a year after his successful jump to the professional ranks. Then, Kevin Garnett became the leader of the prep-to-pro movement.

So looking at college basketball from an "in a perfect world" scenario without eligibility and injuries, these are teams who's history as well NCAA tournament history that could have changed with players who skipped college.

 

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