By Brian Lester
For once, a high-profile college star is coming back to college.
North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough said he will return to Chapel Hill for his senior season because he wants to win a national championship.
Wow. Imagine that. A college basketball superstar actually is driven by something other than NBA millions.
Sure, he has money on his mind and he will make a ton it as a pro in the future. But it's great to see a player driven by a national title, too, because so many college basketball players could care less about their sport's biggest prize. They use college for a year and move on to the NBA.
And for the record, if that is what they choose to do, let them. I stick with my stance that the NBA should drop its rule of making players wait a year to enter the draft.
Hansbrough, though, is different and he proved as much by deciding to stick around. He even went as far as to say that he loves the college experience.
To me, that says a lot about Hansbrough, although a critic will wonder if his decision would be different if he knew he was going to be the top pick.
But I digress.
I just don't understand why more of college basketball players don't see the college experience the way Hansbrough does. Nothing beats college basketball. The crowds are into the game, the players bring passion and intensity to the floor every single night and nothing beats the madness of March.
And the college experience sure does beat playing for a hapless team like Milwaukee or the Los Angeles Clippers.
I know. Hansbrough is going to end up playing for one of those lowly teams eventually but at least he will come in with his skills even sharper and he may just have the talent to turn his future team's fortunes around.
Ohio State fans can only hope that BJ Mullens isn't a one and done at Ohio State the way sensation Greg Oden was a couple of years ago. My feeling, though, is that he is as good as gone.
The kid is ranked as the top recruit in the nation by Rivals.com and I just can't see him passing up the chance to potentially be the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft in 2009. Maybe I'm wrong but I seriously doubt it.
Feel free to share your thoughts with me. I'd love to hear them.