Celtics guard Jerryd Bayless, who is taking part in a Boys & Girls Club charity event sponsored by Nesquick (details below), answered questions for Boston.com on the adjustment from college to the NBA for this year’s top draft prospects and on a difficult Celtics season. Question: You went to Arizona. Who you got in the NCAA Tournament now that we know the Sweet 16? Hopefully Arizona does it. I have a lot of ties with that program. It’s great seeing them do well, so hoping they do. There’s been a lot of talk this weekend about the top prospects for the NBA Draft not performing well in the NCAA Tournament. What’s the biggest difference between playing in college and the NBA? Just the realization that it’s not the same anymore. You’re jumping into a business. Everybody thinks its going to be the same as college or high school, but you have to treat it like a business. How did you handle the adjustment? Just continue to work. You can kind of get lackadaisical, playing so many games. I learned to take at least 30 minutes every day to work on some part of my game Are there team situations that are better for a young player? Oh for sure. Being a young player and going into a team full of veterans, that’s going to be tough. Being with other young players is a little easier. What advice would you give guys like Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker? Would they benefit from another year in college? I think they can learn just as well in the NBA. I’m pretty sure they’ll end of leaving and pursuing their NBA careers. They’re going to be successful. They’re going to be great players.
Jerryd Bayless: Wiggins, Parker can ‘learn just as well’ in NBA
Boston Globe | Mar 25