Let's be realistic.
The NBA's "One and Done" rule is a sham, an embarrassment to the NCAA that refers to such basketball players as "student-athletes" and keeps a straight face while saying it.
Would Derrick Rose have been the No. 1 choice in last month's NBA draft if he had been eligible to come out after his senior year at Simeon High School?
So the one year of motivation and experience and development at Memphis made a difference, right?
But for every rule, there is somebody who is looking for a way to run around it. And Brandon Jennings, perhaps the top-rated player in the Class of 2009, thinks he has found a way to avoid going to college for one year while still pursuing his dream of playing professional basketball.
Jennings, who had committed to Arizona, recently signed a professional contract to play basketball in Europe. The point here is he scored poorly on his first standardized test, then relented after testing officials asked him to take another test when questions were raised about his highly dubious score on his second exam. Instead, he opted for Europe.
Jennings is like many young athletes. They don't want to go to college. Education isn't a priority for them. They only want to play football or basketball. And they want to get paid for it, the sooner the better. They embraced the old rule, which allowed them to declare for the professional draft directly out of high school.
Legalities prevent the media from learning the courses that Derrick Rose and Michael Beasley and O.J. Mayo and Eric Gordon and Kevin Love took during their one year of college. One can only imagine. The NCAA hasn't called a press conference to boast about it.