With apologies to Tim Duncan, elite basketball players who stay in college for four years have been an anomaly for a long time. That may be great news for NBA fans, but for those who follow the college game, it makes for a lot of time spent wondering what might have been.
One of this year’s most striking examples of that problem is Texas, which lost three first-round draft picks from the talent-laden squad that bowed out against Arizona in the 2011 tournament. If Tristan Thompson and his cohorts had stayed in Austin, this year’s promising but raw squad would be converted into a top contender, even in the loaded Big 12.
Read on for an exercise in imagination: an updated version of the current Top 25 poll if all the players who jumped to the pros early had stayed in school instead.