From playing to coaching to analyzing, Digger Phelps spent a solid half century in college basketball, and he loves everything about the game.
Well, except one thing.
“The only thing I don’t like about the college game is the three-point shot has ruined the game,” Phelps said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “I think they should move that line (back) another two feet. Where’s the inside game? Where’s the drive-penetration? Where’s the 12-foot jump-shot? When you see games start out the first 10 minutes and both teams combine for 20 threes, that’s not really basketball; you might as well play H-O-R-S-E.”
The three-point shot is 20 feet, 9 inches from the basket in college. It’s three feet farther in the NBA.
Phelps, 75, was also asked to name the best player he saw in college basketball this past season. Was it Lonzo Ball? Markelle Fultz?
“I’m prejudice to Bonzie Colson at Notre Dame,” said Phelps, who coached the Irish from 1971-91, “and he’s not going (pro). He’s about 6-5 and he led the ACC in double-doubles, and he’s coming back for one more year. Watching him play and rebound and watching him play and score, he’s amazing how he gets it done – and I really love what he did and how he got it done for Notre Dame. I do go to all their home games, and yes, I do watch games on television, and it’s interesting to see the balance, so to speak, of the so-called teams and how they get it done. It’s going to be interesting to see where all these guys end up.”