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Pros, not collegians, must polish up Team USA

Sending college players up against the world isn't the answer to restoring Team USA's dominance.

Updated: September 5, 2002, 1:29 PM ET
By Jay Bilas | Special to ESPN.com

Now that the latest version of the "Dream Team" -- albeit a watered down version -- has finally lost a game in international competition, a familiar cry to bring back the college kids is being heard. While it is a noble goal to have innocent young amateurs representing our country, the reality is that our college kids would be overmatched by the men representing the world's top teams.

Most foreign teams feature seasoned veterans in international competition. College kids simply don't have ...

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