“But,” he added, “there’s never been a time where you didn’t favor supertalent over experienced talent to win a championship.”
History suggests no. Duke and Kentucky did not suddenly become great over the past decade, after all. Whatever the rules, the best programs probably will figure out ways to stay the best.
“I would change the basketball rule to make it more similar to what baseball players can do,” Esherick said. “If a kid graduates high school, I think he should be able to play in the pros right away. But I think that if in fact he decides to go to college, I think there should be a requirement that he has got to stay there for two or three years.” (Baseball mandates three years before a player is draft-eligible again.)
But one of the commission’s express charges is to examine the NCAA’s relationship with the NBA It is difficult not to notice that much of the corruption that federal prosecutors and the FBI outlined in September depended on the combination of amateurism and one-season college players already thinking ahead to their pro careers.
Since the NCAA men’s basketball tournament expanded to its 64-team bracket in 1985, The Associated Press poll’s preseason No. 1 has gone on to make the Final Four half the time.
But what effect would such alterations have on college basketball? Might they finally knock Duke and Kentucky off their preseason — and, not infrequently, postseason — pedestals?