Obama Concerned About Average College Basketball Players

Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 01:05 PM

By Courtney Coren

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President Barack Obama said he's concerned that college basketball players not good enough to make it in the National Basketball Association still have a good college experience.

While making his annual picks for the NCAA men's and women's tournament brackets in an interview with ESPN on Tuesday, Obama said he supports players pursuing a professional basketball career if they are drafted while still in school, but he also thinks that it is important the "average kids" are still treated well by their schools.

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"I have to say that, I don't begrudge young people if they've got an opportunity to look after their family, to go ahead and get an NBA contract and then go back to school, hopefully, and get their degree if that's the right choice," Obama said.

"But for a lot of the average kids who are not going to be able to get a good pro career, are those schools making sure that they're actually getting a good education, that they're actually getting a degree, that, if they get injured, their scholarships stick with them?" Obama said. "Those are the kinds of things I'd like to see the NCAA address."

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