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Mark Cuban Wants Players To Stay In College For Three Years

Forget the one-and-done rule, if Mark Cuban had his way, the NBA would make kids wait three years after high school before they could enter the NBA Draft.

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In a conversation with Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas, Cuban outlined his problems with the current system, both in how it affects the NBA as well as the players themselves:

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"Then you say, what about the kids that aren't college material or whatever?" Cuban said. "I think then we just put them in the D-League for three years and then they become draft-eligible with their class.

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"They could go to Europe if they want, like Brandon Jennings. That'd be fine. There is nothing that I would like better than to throw our problems on FIBA. Then we'd get some of our money's worth with them."

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"It's not even so much about lottery busts," Cuban said. "It's about kids' lives that we're ruining. Even if you're a first-round pick and you have three years of guaranteed money -- or two years now of guaranteed money -- then what? Because if you're a bust and it turns out you just can't play in the NBA, your 'Rocks for Jocks' one year of schooling isn't going to get you real far."

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To be fair, in the modern economy, it's looking like four years of college won't necessarily get you very far either.

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Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.