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I was listening to the radio today, and a guest said that UK is the first team since the introduction of the NBA's age limit/one year out of HS restriction to win a title with even a single one-and-done player on the roster. Prior to the rule change, Syracuse (with Carmello Anthony) is the only other team to ever win a title with a single one-and-done player on the roster.
Interesting stat. The guest said that Caliperi will just keep recruiting great players to replace all the ones he is about to lose (maybe 6), but there is no guarantee that those players, no matter how good, can mesh into a team that can win it all. He said that this year's UK team was the anomoly. Normally, you have to have experience and longer-term players.
it's crazy to consider that those kids had only been on campus in Lexington for ~ 9 months, assuming they got to campus in June.
What's even crazier if Indiana does not play the game of their lives and hit's the GW shot or Vandy plays like they did during the regular season UK goes undefeated.
Marvin Williams 2005.
old timers recall when freshmen were ineligible to play varsity? I wish the NBA and NCAA would just agree that HS seniors can be drafted. Really didn't enjoy the NCAA finals that much, it felt dirty.
Wasn't Ed Davis a one-and-done on UNC's 2009 team?
Davis actually hung around for another year but was hurt most the season when UNC went to the NIT.
No, he stayed for 09-10, broke his wrist in February, had his stock slip, but stayed in the lottery.
Probably why I don't remember him being around that year then.
Marvin Williams wasn't a starter for UNC, which I'm guessing is what the OP meant... No team has won the NC w/ a one & done starter.
I'm still shocked at how much the NBA drafts on potential instead of being league-ready. Marvin Williams couldn't even start on his own team, yet went #1 overall.
I really think going back to the old rule would be best. If a player (a la LeBron) is ready to come out after high school, let him. However, if he enters college make him stay for 2-3 years. I think in the long run it would greatly increase the quality of the product in college basketball.
Not only that, but having spent 2-4 years in college basketball, players would develop more of a name for themselves before going pro which I believe would help the NBA. Not only are the players more NBA-ready, but the common fan would be able to follow more players in their transition to the NBA.
I know that's how I became a fan of the NFL - watching all these college guys go pro and them beginning to follow their careers in the NFL.
#2. Andrew Bogut went #1.
2005 was a pretty weak draft, especially for big men. While Chris Paul and Deron Williams are great guards, Andrew Bynum out of high school and Charlie Villanueva are the only other lottery big men to have any kind of NBA success, and we all know how the NBA is enamored of length when it comes to the draft.
Is this statement referring to UNC...or any team?
Has there been a draft with the #1 and #2 picks coming from the same school? Kentucky probably had as much talent on this team as any history. Six possible first round picks.
The problem is that there are a ton of teams with experience that also didn't win.
“Kansas may wind up number one in these polls, but that would be so unfair to Texas...” -- Len Elmore, 2/13/11
I just don't see a Kentucky-type team winning it every year.
A lot of things have to go right to do what Kentucky did, including those freshmen buying into the system and living up to their potential in their first year. This year, all of them bought in and all of them lived up to their potential right away.
That's not normal.
That's what will prevent teams structured like Kentucky from winning it every year in the future.
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