Jamie Dixon’s squads typically are composed of experienced college basketball players. For a long stretch, having a super-talent in the mix like DeJuan Blair or Sam Young was simply a bonus. The college landscape, however, is changing. Seventeen one-and-done players have been selected over the past two NBA drafts. Plenty more have gone undrafted. Not since the 2003 Syracuse team fueled by Carmelo Anthony and Gerry McNamara has a squad won the National Championship depending so heavily on freshmen though. So, is it more valuable to have experience or talent?
With the NBA rule change in 2006 that no longer allowed high-school players to directly enter the draft, the college game benefited immensely. It is only a matter of time before those players start to culminate at one school. In fact, the Kentucky Wildcats already have featured some of the best all-freshmen teams ever assembled. As of right now, experience may defeat talent, but it won’t stay that way for long.