Carmelo's words, revised

On April 24, Carmelo Anthony told the world what it had expected to hear for an entire year.

"I don't want to make it sound bad," Anthony said, "but there's really nothing more I could get out of college."

From a basketball standpoint, Anthony couldn't be more correct. The accolades are endless.

Anthony, a freshman, was named Most Outstanding Player of the final four. He averaged 22 points and 10 rebounds, passing the marks set by Jason Hart and Derrick Coleman in their first years.

Anthony's stock jumped from a borderline lottery pick to the top three in the draft. Some experts have him going as high as No. 2, right behind the coveted LeBron James.

So strictly speaking from a basketball standpoint, Anthony was right, there wasn't much left to accomplish. But in a college basketball world where student-athletes are becoming more of just athletes, Anthony still has something to prove.

There's plenty more to get out of college. The Lakers' Shaquille O'Neal graduated from LSU a year early, but took classes and graduated with a college degree. Anthony promises to do the same.

The lore of college remains the same for adults looking back at their youth. "College years are the best days of your life," they'll say.

Adults say that because of not only academic development, but personal development as well. The independence as well as the friends made is what makes college a special four years. Anthony will miss out on this.

Yes, Anthony accomplished more in his freshman year than most will accomplish in all four years. Yes, Anthony will be a proven star in the NBA in a few years. But no, Anthony didn't get all there is to get out of college.

A more appropriate statement would've been: "From a basketball standpoint, there's really nothing more I could get out of college."

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