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Barack Obama and North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams in 2008. / Jae C. Hong, AP

President Obama doesn't mind college basketball players leaving school early to play in the NBA.

It's the players who aren't good enough to play professionally that concern him.

"Are they getting treated well by these schools?" Obama said during an interview on ESPN as he made his picks in this year's college basketball tournaments.

Freshmen superstars such as Jabari Parker of Duke and Andrew Wiggins of Kansas are "going to be fine, no matter what," Obama told ESPN.

"But for a lot of the average kids who are not going to able to get a good pro career," he said, "are those schools making sure that they're actually getting a good education? That they're actually getting a degree? That, if they get injured, their scholarships stick with them?

"Those are the kinds of things I'd like to see the NCAA address."



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