"I think that makes it extremely hard with a straight face to say these are student athletes."
Emmert would like the NBA to go back to allowing players to be drafted out of high school.
"People have said to me 'That might mean that the best athletes don't come to college.' OK," he said. "People are still going to come to the Final Four. LeBron went to the NBA, we still had good attendance that year.
"College athletics isn't about putting the absolute best player on the court It's about college students who are basketball players on the court and to the extent we can maximize then the better off we are for it."
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