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Bob Knight: NBA has 'raped' college basketball

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

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Over the past few days, there's been some questions about whether guys like Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker are ready for the NBA. Wiggins scored four points in a loss to Stanford, while Parker struggled to a 4 of 14 performance against Mercer.

While both players are going to be top-three NBA Draft picks and are certainly ready for the league, not everyone agrees.

Legendary head coach Bob Knight is one of them, and he says he wouldn't draft a 19 or 20-year old.

"If I were involved with the NBA I wouldn't want a 19-year-old or a 20-year-old kid, to bring into all the travel and all the problems that exist in the NBA," Knight said on Mike and Mike Tuesday morning. "I would want a much more mature kid. I would want a kid that maybe I've been watching on another team and now he's 21, 22 years old instead of 18 or 19, and I might trade for that kid."

Knight also went on to discuss the college-NBA system -- and he said that it's as if the NBA "raped" college basketball.

"On top of it all, the NBA does a tremendous, gigantic disservice to college basketball. It's as though they've raped college basketball in my opinion," Knight said. "Major League Baseball has the best idea of all. Three years before they'll take a kid out of college, then they have a minor league system that they put the kids in. I'm sure that if the NBA followed the same thing, there would be a lot of kids in a minor league system that still were not good enough to play in the major NBA."

(h/t Sporting News)

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