The NCAA: Too Good to Be True

Sherwood Brown (Elsa/Getty Images); LeBron James (Gary Bogdon/Getty Images)
Sherwood Brown (Elsa/Getty Images); LeBron James (Gary Bogdon/Getty Images)

While the nation is fully engulfed in March Madness, Damon Young writes in a piece for Ebony that he's been reminded of why college hoops could never replace pro basketball.

Like millions of other sports fans, I spent countless hours following and/or watching the first couple rounds of the NCAA tournament last weekend. And, like much of the tournament-following country, I found myself falling in love with Florida Gulf Coast University, a school that managed to pull off major upsets against both Georgetown University and San Diego State University, schools heavily favored to beat them 

If there was ever a story that encapsulated the true essence of March Madness, it would be their emergence, a tiny school in the middle of Florida that didn't even exist two decades ago. This — the idea of every team, whether from Texas or Transylvania Tech, having a legitimate chance at their One Shining Moment — is what makes the tournament so compelling, so unpredictable, so variable, and so fun.

And it's exactly why I'd choose the NBA over college basketball in a heartbeat

Before I continue, let me make one thing clear: I love basketball. At all levels. I love high school basketball. I love college basketball. Sh*t, I played high school and college basketball …


Read Damon Young's entire piece at Ebony.

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Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of He is also a contributing editor at He lives in Pittsburgh and he really likes pancakes. You can reach him at