“They want to rush the process,” Barkley said regarding one and done players. “You learn to be a better basketball player in college. You learn how to play the game. You grow physically and mentally as a person. Quit trying to rush the process.”
This is obviously a pretty layered topic – some players choose to leave early because their families are struggling financially, and the promise of a big NBA payday changes that. Some leave early because they want to avoid a catastrophic injury in college, because no one wants to draft a player with a torn ACL.
Still, Barkley’s position is one of a former player. And it should be pointed out that when he was in school, he fell into the “financially struggling” category. Here are his full comments, via CBS.