1 year of college, can go straight from high school, or the college baseball rule?
Which do you take? I know this is a dead horse, but these drafts just aren't as dense as they used to be, and I'm liking college basketball less and less each year.
What's everyone's position on the one-and-done rule? I'd rather it be the way it was-where guys can go straight from high school or whenever they want in college.
Yeah i agree. An 18 year old should be given the choice to go to the NBA or play college ball. I hate these one and dones. Why not use that scholarship on a guy who at the very least will be there for at least 2 years?
I was against this rule when it first came out but now I agree with it. They should honestly make it 2 years removed from high school imo. Guys are coming in and then waiting to be groomed into their potential.. There are obviously a few exceptions where players could contribute at a high level coming from high school, but most of these guys need a little fine tuning before they are really any good.
The only way to have a chance of changing the system is to make high schools players at least three years removed from their graduating class like the NFL does. Even then, however, they could just go play overseas. I don't think too many people would do that though.
I may be the only person who likes the one and done rule. I believe players should have to prove themselves at the college level and gives everyone a chance to see the best players in college. With it being only 1 year the college game becomes more competitive, because if the good players stay multiple years you end up with a system where only a few schools will ever win like college football. I am not sure what the point would be of watching Kyrie Irving playing his junior year in college now or Anthony Davis his sophomore year, they clearly proved they were good enough and keeping them in college would have just been silly.
The NBA is a better league because of the rule, and there really is no good argument to counter the benefits the NBA as the premier basketball league in the world to make sure prospective players have at very least played organized, coached basketball at a relatively high level prior to being employed. Renardo Sidney, Jereme Richmond, and Josiah Turner aren't the NBA's problems because rule is in place. The struggles of Cameron Ridley, Kyle Anderson, Isaiah Austin, Steven Adams, DaJuan Coleman, Archie Goodwin, Rodney Purvis, James McAdoo, Khem Birch, Josh Smith... and I can go on has saved the NBA from bad mistakes and having guys they cannot use on their rosters. Many teams still have guys who can't help them, but aren't ravaging the 2nd units of the league.
As for college, I don't think the rule really hurts them either. There are far more cases of players not having their scholarships renewed after one year, or be told to transfer or face having their scholarship taken away, than players being one-and-done. The only difference is that when a coach thinks he can do better, it is standard operating procedure. When a player desires to move onto a better league, it "takes away from the college game." In reality, it does not hurt the game at all. It is just something coaches whine about when one of their talented players leave them unexpectedly a man down. This is the worst possible year to complain about it. Take a look at the top 25. Where are the one-and-dones? Indiana? No. Gonzaga? No. Duke? Not likely this year. Michigan? Ok, Glenn Robinson is certainly a candidate if he so chooses. Miami? No. Kansas? It depends on your definition as McLemore is a RS Fr. Georgetown? No. Florida? Not this year. Michigan State? Maybe Gary Harris goes. Louisville? No. Arizona? Not anyone who deserves to. Syracuse? No. Kansas St? No. New Mexico? No. Ok State? Marcus Smart. Ohio St? No. Wisconsin? No. St. Louis? No. Memphis? No. Butler? No. Notre Dame? No. Marquette? No. Pitt? I think Steven Adams knows not to declare? Oregon? No. La Tech? No. Basically, three of the teams that are going to be competing for the NCAA title have a possible one-and-done player, four if you include McLemore. I'm sorry, but I just don't see where is hurting the college game.
I really don't understand why the the basketball analyst world has decided that the college baseball rule should be applied to basketball. So a 18 year old kid is expected to know if he should go pro, or risk injury and development if in college for 3 years? That's a huge decision.
Not to mention, baseball is a less taxing sport on the body compared to basketball. The chance of serious injury playing guard compared to playing outfield is more likely.
And basketball doesn't have a serious D-League like pro baseball does. A High School Baseball player can get drafted and still develop in the minors... thats not a serious option for basketball players.
Lastly, people who are pushing for the 3 yr minimum rule need to realize that almost every significant talent in HS will go pro just so they're not stuck in a bad situation. The college game will have players who stay longer, but will be void of great players... much more than before the one-and-done rule.
From a practical standpoint I think the rule is unconstitional and unamerican. The NBA is a talent driven industry so if you have the talent to play in the league when you're 16 or 22 what difference does it make? Guys need a way to feed there family not everybody comes from a well to do environment. Look at a guy like Meyers Leonard I'm sure he'd rather still be developing at Illinois but the dude grew up nearly homeless so he had to jump ship quick.
Look at Perry Jones his family was homeless and Perry got penalized by the NCAA because his AAU coach paid for a hotel room so he didn't have to sleep on the street. Like WTF kind of ish that that?
But if they are gonna enforce a rule how about something like having an Associates Degree to be eligible to play in the NBA. That would make players stay for 2 years and make sense instead of just sounding like you wanna force guys to play one year out of high school. But then again how would that apply for European players who BTW can still enter the draft when they're 18?
I dunno, all I know is that the NCAA is an evil entity and needs to have changes made. Like should of probably been ruled ineligible to play this year. So what would of been the point of making him play college ball for a year when the NCAA is just gonna say he can't play? What about Ricky Ledo?
I think the NCAA is way to harsh and out of control making it hard for me to support or even the NBA to fully support keeping players in college.
If I was King of the World this is what I would do. This is coming from someone who in the past was the biggest college sports fan possible. But the money and the way college athletics has gotten away from the spirit of using college to get an education. I think it is shameful the way some act that college sports is anything other then a huge money flow. By some I am mainly referring to TV networks.
I would make all college sports like the Ivy League. No athletic scholorships.
I would have the Developmental League a minor league for the NBA. Each NBA team would have a "minor" league team where they would control their players for a limited amount of time. If someone wanted to go professional at any age let him. He gets drafted and if not ready for the NBA he goes to the minor league until he is ready. If he never gets ready he would have made a little money whereas if he was in college he would not have made any money.
I think we are putting way to much emphasis on college sports. Sure some schools make a lot of money on their sports programs and that money funds other sports which is a good thing. But there is not an equal playing field with some schools being big money schools and the majority being small money schools.