With Jabari Parker, Tyler Ennis and Andrew Wiggins (and Joel Embiid) out of the tournament - and Julius Randle and the various Kentucky freshmen barely alive - Charles Barkley, always the happy purveyor of tough love - has spoken out to tell them that none of them are ready for the NBA. Barkley told Zagsblog.com that "We’ve had on paper Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins, they’re supposed to be 1-2, 3 at the latest, they didn’t have very good games. And it’s just one game but if they’re going to struggle against Mercer and Stanford, they’re really going to struggle against grown men...I just wish these guys would stay in school. I think there’s a big difference between staying in school for 30 games or staying in college for two years, which I would like for these guys to stay at least two years."
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It's hard to tell kids to turn down a lot of instant money, but he has a point.
One of the things no one thinks about (although Parker's dad and Wiggins' dad too are former NBA players and can counsel their sons), which Barkley touches on, is just how tough the NBA life is, both on and off the court. The money and some perks are amazing, but it's not easy.