Tracy McGrady Says Two Years of College Needed for NBA Players

by June 10, 2013

One of the best players to come directly out of High School and into the NBA, Tracy McGrady, seems to think the League’s talent has been watered down since kids don’t spend enough time in college. Sure thing, T-Mac. Per USA Today: “McGrady has had a successful 16-year career, winning two scoring titles, and was been named to the All-NBA First Team twice. However, McGrady, now playing for the San Antonio Spurs, says he doesn’t think players should do it the way he did, make the prep-to-pros jump. He came from Mount Zion Christian Academy in Durham, N.C. to the Toronto Raptors as the No. 9 overall pick in the 1997 draft. In fact, McGrady believes that the age rule should require players to attend two years of college before entering the league. This would end the recent trend of one-and-done players in the NCAA. ‘I actually think they should implement having these guys go to school for two years,’ McGrady said. ‘What is it, one year now? At least go to school for two years because the league is so young. I think we need to build our league up. I mean, I hate to say it, but the talent in this league is pretty down.’ […] McGrady believes that attending college ‘probably would have’ better prepared him for the NBA. However, he doesn’t regret his route to the league. When asked why he decided to bypass college and go straight to the pros, McGrady said bluntly, ‘Well, let’s see, adidas gave me a $12 million contract. I mean, (expletive), enough said.”