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Are college basketball players exploiting the system to jump into the NBA?

Bored and irritated. If you call yourself a college basketball fan, then the past 6 months should have you feeling both.

You have more than likely witnessed your team not win the National Championship and then proceeded to see your favorite players either graduate or get drafted into the NBA.

Now, the prevailing response among fans is that the excitement of a huge upset prevails over the fact that a favorite team stinks. But consider the fact that, in the past 16 years, the lowest seed to win the National Championship was a #3 seed. So, admist a season filled with upsets and excitement, the true power houses still prevailed in April, where all the real madness takes place.

Nevertheless, if you were lucky enough to see your team play into April, then you have probably seen your favorite players get drafted two months later. One would expect that colleges who have their players drafted would suffer a rebuilding, or retooling period to get there teams back on top but quite the opposite actually occurs.

The power-house schools sign all the top recruits and suffer no drop-off in performance. Essentially, college basketball players are equivalent to a high school girl using a guy for a ride to the prom, then meeting up with her real date. The player has no intention of staying at the college for more than the required one year and is exploiting the rules.

Yet just because you aren’t a fan of a so called” power house team” does not mean that the next 8 months will be boring. According to ESPN, the 2014 draft class will be one of the best, if not the best of all time.

When it comes to talking about this upcoming season Kentucky (surprise, surprise) and Kansas are the overwhelming favorites to take home the title in April.

Kentucky will be receiving the number one rated Point Guard and Power Forward coming out of high school, as well as the number two center and the number three Power Forward.

The team receiving the number two recruiting class, Kansas, has Andrew Wiggins, a player drawing comparisons to Lebron James, is arriving in Lawrence to potentially put the Jayhawks back on top.

Both of these teams will go into the season with the majority of their starting lineups filled with freshman. Most people would perceive starting many freshmen as a sign of weakness and inexperience, but it is the exact opposite. Starting multiple freshmen shows how good of a turnover the college gets. It shows how those schools bring in the big recruits (who then get quickly drafted) and then have a high quality incoming freshman classes.

This upcoming basketball season should follow the same model is all previous seasons. From October to March huge upsets occur each week, misleading fans to think that their team could be in the national championship conversation. But in April it will be the big name schools battling it out for the national championship.

So, unless you are a fan of Duke, Kansas, Kentucky or any other powerhouse school, sit back, relax and witness the future of the NBA — not college basketball — mature before your very eyes.