Some high school kids have gone into the National Basketball Association without going to college and made a living playing basketball; however, there have also been kids that have come into the league without going to college and have struggled.
There’s a reason you’ve never heard of any of the last three people named. It’s because they all thought that they would come out of high school and instantly make a difference for a team in the pros. High school draftees like LeBron James and Kobe Bryant changed the way high school kids will look at college forever. Now we have a rule that makes it mandatory for all NBA draft prospects to attend one year of college before turning pro.
Since the NBA implemented the “one and done” rule, high school ball players have seen college as another pointless but necessary checkpoint on the road to the pros. We have seen fewer kids staying all four years in college and seen more kids take the “one and done” route to the pros.
College should be used as a place for talented athletes to further their education after high school and not as another box to check on their resume for the NBA draft.