Last Thursday at the NBA Draft, eight of the first nine picks were one-and-done college freshmen. The ninth was Luka Doncic, who is 19, the same age as most of the one-and-done crowd).

Earlier in the day, ThePostGame spoke to David Robinson, who played four years at the Naval Academy, got drafted No. 1 overall, served in the U.S. Navy for two years and then became an NBA rookie at 24. That was six years removed from high school but "The Admiral" still managed to play 14 NBA seasons, make 10 All-Star Games, win two titles, claim an MVP Award and star for the Dream Team.

"Scary, you wouldn't have liked a one-and-done David Robinson," Robinson says. "I was still growing. I gained 60 pounds my first two years in college. I was still a toothpick and I hadn't even learned what my body could do. It's nice letting a guy mature physically and emotionally because coming into the league, that's the big jump. It's the emotion, the intellect of the game and I needed that time."

Robinson averaged 24.3 points and 12.0 rebounds in his rookie season with the Spurs in 1989-90. He was finally able to get over the championship hump when he got some help from another No. 1 overall pick in 1997.

"I think the more maturity a guy has, the better," Robinson says. "You look at a guy like Tim Duncan, a four-year college guy, he came in the league ready to play and was a superstar right away. A lot of the guys coming in now, as talented as they are, it's gonna take a few years.

"I like the mature guys. I don't understand the argument that a guy's a little older ... he's two or three years older, or he's a senior in college, so he's maybe not as valuable. I don't understand that thought process."

Robinson spoke to ThePostGame on behalf of Verizon, which allowed customers to stream the NBA Draft from any location on mobile devices.

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