Charles Barkley Made A Pretty Good Point While Explaining Why He Chose Auburn

NBA legend Charles Barkley

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Nowadays, Charles Barkley spends much of his time as an NBA analyst for TNT.

Today, he made an appearance during a college basketball game on ESPN.

During his appearance, Barkley revealed why he chose Auburn when he was getting recruited to play college basketball.

They sucked, to be honest with you. I tell all of these kids if you want an education, you get an education anywhere. But the No. 1 thing you look at if you’re going to a school is playing time.

It may sound like a joke, but Barkley probably just gave some really good advice to athletes figuring out where they want to play in college.

We know now that Barkley was probably good enough to play for just about any team in the country. However, picking a school where you don’t know if you’ll play is a pretty big risk.

The perfect example of the downside of taking that risk comes from the college football world. Tate Martell was the Gatorade Player of the Year in high school and had a ton of hype during his recruitment.

He ended up choosing Ohio State. His freshman year he redshirted. The next season, he couldn’t beat out Dwayne Haskins for the starting job and only threw 28 passes all season. The next year, the Buckeyes brought in Justin Fields the next year and Martell transferred to Miami.

He was unfortunately never able to get his career back on track.

Meanwhile, Martell’s high school backup had much less fanfare in his recruiting, but ended up picking a school where he would start early and put together a successful college career. Dorian Thompson-Robinson spent 5 years as the starter at UCLA.

At the end of the day, a lot of how a college athlete’s career plays out comes down to the school they choose.

Charles Barkley clearly got it right when he picked Auburn.