2011 NCAA Championship: Why a College Degree Should Be Needed to Play NBA Ball

Jeff KoleContributor IApril 5, 2011

Robert Swift, fell here, and soon thereafter fell out of the NBA without a college degree to help him succeed now that his NBA dreams have been dashed.
Robert Swift, fell here, and soon thereafter fell out of the NBA without a college degree to help him succeed now that his NBA dreams have been dashed.Robert Laberge/Getty Images

Yea, yea, I know Butler making two national title games in a row is the best underdog story since the 40-year-old virgin got laid.  I know this NCAA Tournament was full of upsets and had the most interesting array of teams in the Final Four ever.

I also know that this year's championship game was about as exciting as professional bowling (and I am not talking about the trick shot competition that takes place like once every decade which is actually awesome).

The blame for this year's poor championship game should go straight to one organization, the NBA.  The talent is being drained from college basketball at an extremely fast pace. 

The best players in the country play one year and rarely reach their full potential at the college level, which would lead to them being more productive and polished NBA prospects when their collegiate careers are over.  

The NBA and Bernie Madoff are the two most prominent thieves of the last decade.  

Can you imagine how insane the NCAA tournament would have been if Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose were leading All-Star lineups at Texas and Memphis; can you picture John Wall with a few more years of polish on his sometimes messy game? 

You would still have your Butler's and your VCU's making Sweet 16 runs, knocking off a top team here and there in the tournament; however, you would not have boring 53-41 championship games where one team shoots below twenty percent, that I guarantee you.

It would not just be better for college basketball if it was necessary to graduate college to earn a spot in the NBA; it would tremendously benefit the players.  

Roughly 70 percent of NBA players are bankrupt within five years of leaving the league.  Having a college degree can prevent them from making some poor spending decisions or at least give them an opportunity to make a life for themselves after playing pro ball.

Not everyone is Charles Barkley and can say whatever they please on the air and maintain an analyst position.  

I know Kobe and Lebron are arguably the two best players in the NBA right now, and neither of them finished college; however, the majority of players who leave college early or skipped out on it all together, prior to any rules being put in place, have not been successful in the NBA.  

These players made their million dollars after being first round picks, but what now?  Robert Swift was drafted 12th overall in 2004 and now he is playing for the Tokyo Apache in the BJ league, I kid you not; perhaps a few years having a great time in college and earning a degree would have done him some good.