Mark Cuban: Top NBA prospects better off in D-League than NCAA

Mavs owner Mark Cuban says his idea that the NBA D-League is a better option for prospects is not a well-researched proposal, just an opinion.
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DALLAS (AP) Mark Cuban thinks the next Kevin Durant would be better off in the NBA Development League rather than the college of his choice.

The outspoken Dallas Mavericks owner says he can envision scenarios where the country's top basketball prospects would get drafted and play in the D-League rather than spend one season at an NCAA school.

Cuban says there's no reason for a player to attend college as a freshman "because he's not going to class, he's actually not even able to take advantage of all the fun because the first semester he starts playing basketball."

The billionaire owner says his idea is not yet a well-researched proposal, just an opinion. He says agreements with colleges could still give players a shot at an education.

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