That is the question being asked by Mark Story of the Herald-Leader. A couple points from Story’s article:
■ No team that has won the college national championship since the NBA created the one-and-done scenario starting in ’06 has had a freshman in its starting lineup.
■ No one-and-done player played in the Final Four in 2009 or 2010.
■ Out of 100 players to start in the Final Four in the last five years, 11 have been freshmen.
■ Of those, only four starters have been pure one-and-done players: Greg Oden and Mike Conley Jr. from Ohio State (2007); and UCLA’s Kevin Love (2008) and Derrick Rose of Memphis (2008).
(Tyrus Thomas of LSU 2006 turned pro after his freshman year of eligibility but had redshirted the year before. Daequan Cook of Ohio State did not start in the 2007 Final Four but was a one-and-done player).
■ Kevin Durant, Michael Beasley, O.J. Mayo, Eric Gordon, Tyreke Evans, John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins and Derrick Favors are among the mega-star one-and-dones to pass through college basketball in the last five years without getting their teams to the Final Four.
Now look, I would MUCH RATHER have the current team we have now than the teams in the Billy Gillispie years. And since we are just a few years into this “one and done” era of college basketball, I am not sure there is enough data yet to say that one and dones can’t win a national title. BUT, so far the stats say that a team that is mainly composed of one and doners can not win the title. Rose had a bunch of veterans on his Memphis team, as did Kevin Love.
So, what are your thoughts? Can UK win national titles if the roster continues to turn over every year like it will this season?