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A Statement from Arizona Head Basketball Coach Lute Olson
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: June 21, 2005
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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“I think it’s a compromise that accomplishes very little in terms of limiting the numbers of early entrants.  A lot of the guys coming out now are at least 18 years old, very close to 19, which leaves colleges in a difficult position.  If you recruit such a player, it could turn into just a one-year commitment.”


“Very seldom does one year of college benefit either the player or the program.  (Syracuse University’s) Carmelo Anthony might be the only example of that.  But it does create a problem by having to continually recruit behind players and deal with speculation about who might be leaving and who might be staying.  Much more so than we’re getting now.”


“I’m disappointed.  This is just a stop-gap measure.  It gives the NBA the ability to say that they did something about the problem, but it doesn’t realistically address the problem or the effect it has on college basketball.”


University of Arizona head coach Lute Olson regarding the NBA’s new minimum age requirement, which was set at 19.

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