Bob Huggins vents about players turning pro early: 'They were misled'

Bob Huggins laments that college basketball players feel compelled to leave a situation that’s good for them, and he feels strongly that they should try to surround themselves with people who give sound advice.

The West Virginia University Mountaineers’ head coach didn’t hold back about the subject when Jon Rothstein asked him on the College Hoops Today podcast whether the benefits of receiving a scholarship to play college basketball and working toward earning a degree have ever been less valued.

“I don’t think that has anything to do whether a guy stays or goes. I think it’s the people in their ears,” Huggins said. “And the people that really don’t care about them but care about themselves and care about trying to make some money off of them, trying to enhance their own lifestyle as opposed to doing what’s best for them. I mean, c’mon Jon, there’s how many kids have we had and everybody else has had who left that are now bouncing around Europe trying to make a living because they were misled? They were misled by runners. They were misled by agents. They were misled by — at times — people in their own family that totally misled them. And, you know, now here they are out…

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