NBA Players Whose Careers Prove the Value of Staying in School All 4 Years

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NBA Players Whose Careers Prove the Value of Staying in School All 4 Years
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As a college basketball fan, it's frustrating to watch NBA games and see rookies or second-year players who were one-and-done college players sit on the bench because their teams now acknowledge that they were not ready for the pros. 

At some point in the history of the NBA draft, it was sort of a red flag if a player had lasted all four years in college. Leaving early became the smart thing to do. 

Potential was the name of the game, and it wasn't too intriguing getting a player that you already knew what he was. 

The Kwame Browns of the world have helped NBA general managers realize there's some value in a proven, well-schooled product. Most players with NBA talent still leave early, but more often we're witnessing that the well-seasoned fare much better early in their career than the higher-picked projects. 

So read up, college kids. Here are 10 players from the modern era who stayed in school for four years and it worked out splendidly for them as professionals. 

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