If college basketball players were required to stay in school for four years, what would the current landscape of the sport look like?
It's a fun hypothetical question with some pretty obvious butterfly effects.
If forced to stay through their senior season, Kentucky would still have seven players that have already left for the NBA, including Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. As such, there's a pretty good chance John Calipari wouldn't be reloading with a plethora of top freshmen every single season.
But if we assume that players like Trey Lyles and Karl Towns Jr. wouldn't be going to Kentucky, where would they go instead? And what sort of ripple effect would it have on the recruiting and transferring at those other schools?
It's too much trouble to figure out all that nonsense, so we're foolishly left to assume that players would still commit to the same school, regardless of the logjam they would be entering.
In this world with no cap on rosters or talent, Kentucky ends up looking like the 1927 New York Yankees. But the Wildcats aren't the only team that would be stacked beyond comprehension.
Between what the players have done in both college and the NBA, we've projected how strong their corresponding teams would be and ranked what the preseason top 10 would look like if early entry to the NBA didn't exist.