Michael Beasley: I'm Not Buying what You're Selling

Nino CollaSenior Writer IMarch 1, 2008

"I've got three more years after this one," Kansas State phenom Michael Beasley told reporters.

He wouldn't guarantee it though, and really who would?

Greg Oden gave us the same song and dance last year, about you know, enjoying college.

The Wildcats' local celebrity is acting a lot more convincing though. 

"I'm still a kid; I'm still irresponsible and I want to still be irresponsible sometimes," Beasley told ESPN's Dana O'Neil. "When I go to the NBA, that's over... Britney Spears shaves her head, it's everywhere. You shave your hair, who cares? That's why I'm not sure I'm ready for the NBA."

I was one of those suckers, the small group that thought Greg Oden would return for another year in college basketball.

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

I'm not eating whatever Beasley is feeding us. I'd rather be wrong than be gullible.

Beasley is the consensus No. 1 pick, an absolute monster on the court for the charging K-State Wildcats.

People say his game directly translates into the NBA and he will actually be better off there than in college. So, why isn’t he giving us more of that lip service that says “I’m saying the right thing, but you know I’m good as gone.”?

If Matt Leinart can turn down the chance to be the No. 1 pick, who is to stop Michael Beasley from staying another year at Manhattan?

One possible candidate is his mother, who isn't quite sure if her son is ready or not. Chalk that one up to being a worried mom though; her reasons include that of getting knocked around by Shaq.

I don't think that will be happening anytime soon, don't worry Mrs. Smith.

Maybe this is a Florida pact of sort, with teammate and friend, Bill Walker? Walker is more concerned about playing time, it all depends on his draft position and if he can play right away. Of course, Walker doesn't have the hype that Beasley does.

Not many guys stick around like the four kids at Florida did anyway. No one says "Let's win a title in college!" and you can bet your last dollar that no two people will ever again say "Let's win two titles in college!”

You can throw that out the window as well. I don't think either one will be holding each other back, you don't get the feeling you did with Joakim Noah and crew.

Who knows, maybe this kid is too good to be true.

Could we actually be witnessing someone with their head screwed on straight?

Matt Leinart's choice was a difficult one, and in hindsight maybe a dumb one, because the best quarterback in the class he didn't come out in was, Alex Smith. The class Leinart did come out in included Jay Cutler and Vince Young; Leinart went after Young and lost out on millions he would have earned had he been the No. 1 overall pick.

Then again, Matt ended up going to a team in better shape to compete, a more cohesive coaching staff, and boatloads of talent around him.

Think of how Leinart would have faired in San Francisco. Alex Smith has gotten knocked around, had a new offensive coordinator just about every year, and the only proven star around him is Frank Gore.

So Michael Beasley, what do you think of getting drafted by the Miami Heat?

Fancy playing for the New York Knicks?

Sure playing with Dwyane Wade would be fun, but what if those lottery balls fall the Knicks’ way. Do you want to play for an absolute train wreck of a franchise, or take another year of the college life, win a bunch of ball games—probably more than New York will, and make a run in the NCAA Tournament?

Go ahead and list up the pros and the cons of leaving when the time comes. Really, you can't argue with either one side.

But there is one thing you need to consider when it comes down to it, and everything else has to be thrown out the window. When faced with the opportunity of being the No. 1 pick, how many people really balk at that?

Greg Oden teetered, and he faced the result of going second behind Kevin Durant. But Oden eventually gave in.

Beasley, as of now, is the slam dunk must-have guy for all the bad NBA teams. It's easy money for him to come out.

I'll proceed with caution from now on. I'd love to take the kid's word and believe he is going to do what most kids should do and stay in college, but I simply can't. 

Even with all the rumblings of his past, and all the high schools he had to go to, it’s hard not to get behind a guy who is as cool as this. 

"I mean, what's being famous anyway? It's a popularity contest. Don't get me wrong. I'm lucky. I love my life, but I just don't understand it. I brush my teeth with the same Crest. I use the same bar of soap. My house gets junky just like yours. I'm just a regular guy who can play basketball. I'm normal."

I always like a guy who says he is normal, but can play basketball. It makes me feel like I'm just a normal guy too, but one who can't play basketball.