The college basketball season has finally wrapped up and the 2012 NBA Draft is right around the corner.
John Calipari just won his first NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Championship with a team depending on the one-and-done talent of 18 and 19-year-old players.
Many basketball pundits questioned his approach, saying that embracing players bolting for the NBA is not in the players' best interests.
Or is it?
Yes, getting an education is important, but what if a player truly needs the mega-millions that an NBA paycheck will bring?
And furthermore, what about those kids who were guaranteed to be a lottery pick, but then returned to school for one more year only to see their stock plummet?
For many college basketball stars, going to the NBA when scouts are salivating over them is the best move.
The cases of Jared Sullinger and Harrison Barnes both perfectly illustrate the dangers of staying at college for "just one more year." Both players were nearly locked in as top-five picks, but after less-than-amazing sophomore seasons, their draft stocks have fallen.
It may not be the most morally correct position or the most popular, but in the long-term, it may be the best answer to an incredibly difficult question.
And here’s why…