Do NBA Players Need to Spend More Time in School?

Left; Kevin Durant, 2007 NBA draft. Right; Omar Cook, 2001 NBA draft.

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asked by The New York Times’ if the perception of a college basketball team would be different if the players were white, the Michigan State head basketball coach, who is White, responded, “I want to answer that as honestly as I can. I think it would be different. I hate to say that. It’s sad for me to say, but it’s probably the truth.”

The truth is that White athletes in the same situation would be considered at best, “heroes” and at worst, “lucky.” Those players would be praised for being great athletes and having the opportunity to get into the NBA and start earning money as early as 19-years-old.

Izzo offered the example of Zach Randolph who played for him at Michigan State for only one year. Randolph wanted to go pro after his first year and Izzo supported the decision. That was in 2001. Since that time, Zach has earned more than $150 million.

I wonder how much those kids that hung around school for four years to get a chemistry degree are making?