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MLB style draft for the NBA and NCAA

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MLB style draft for the NBA and NCAA

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=5471101

Incoming NCAA president Dr. Mark Emmert says he'd be interested in a baseball-style rule that would allow college basketball players to either enter the NBA draft out of high school, or commit to college for a set period of time before they are eligibile to be drafted.

Emmert, speaking with Mitch Levy on Seattle radio station KJR on Tuesday, said he would "persuasively" discuss the matter with NBA officials, including commissioner David Stern and NBA Players Association chief Billy Hunter.

Any change in the NBA's draft procedures would have to be part of the sport's collective bargaining agreement between its players and the league.

"I much prefer the baseball model, for example, that allows a young person if they want to go play professional baseball, they can do it right out of high school, but once they start college they've got to play for three years or until they're 21," Emmert, who is leaving the University of Washington to take the helm of the NCAA, said in the interview. "I like that a good deal.

"But what you have to also recognize is that rule isn't an NCAA rule," Emmert said during KJR's interview. "That's a rule of the NBA. And it's not the NBA itself, but the NBA Players Association. So to change that rule will require me and others working with the NBA, working with the players association."

He added: "We'll be having those conversations, because I think it would be good for young people and good for basketball."

Emmert was chosen to lead the NCAA at meetings in April. He is expected to take the post Nov. 1.

"This is a situation where I can't, or the NCAA can't mandate anything," he said. "Jumping down and waving your arms doesn't get it done. You need to sit down with the people that do have responsibility for this -- the NBA -- and say here's why this would be useful for us, how does it work for you, and try to find an arrangement that's mutually agreeable."

As he had in the past, Emmert said he has no authority over the Bowl Championship Series, though the NCAA could step in and run a playoff if the BCS asked it.

He also said that he favors having NCAA penalties follow offenders. He suggested a possible "points" system, where points follow offenders from job to job.


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That would be a terrible

That would be a terrible idea. The amount of players that would leave immediately after HS because they don't want to be forced to go to university for a full three years would be outragious.

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Then that is their fault for

Then that is their fault for entering and if they don't succeed they only have themsleves to bame, I definitely think they should implement this. I don't want to have to wait a year for a guy who wants nothing to do with college. Let them come out of high school again.

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The idea looks good but you

The idea looks good but you would have the more affulent mature guys going to college and the less socially mature players heading straight for the NBA.

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Personally I would rather

Personally I would rather have it straight out of high school, or 2 years in college but MLB style is far better then what we have now.

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"Personally I would rather

"Personally I would rather have it straight out of high school, or 2 years in college but MLB style is far better then what we have now."

First off, the NBA is far better off with the system in place now, and really it isn't something NBA people are considering changing. The NCAA can cry all they want, but they are the ones who are ones profiting off unpaid labor. They deserve zero say in any collective bargaining meetings. They want to be able to pull a scholarship from a kid as soon as a better player comes along, but when that better player finds the option of a better situation for himself then the system is in chaos. Also, the NCAA doesn't have an arcane rule regarding baseball players having to decide their intentions as to whether they are going to return before they know whether can get paid professionally or not. Baseball players can get drafted and then decide based off what a team offers in a signing bonus. Basketball players get screwed and unless they are a clear lottery pick are rolling the dice with their future.

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The NBA put rookie salaries

The NBA put rookie salaries in place to stop highly touted players demanding mega terms from their drafting team and the rules as regarding losing their NCAA eligibility is right. Even when players were jumping straight from HS to the NBA then NCAA colleges still had the majority of players drafted.

The NCAA is nothing to do with any CBA discussions and players can do a Brandon Jennings and go abroad if they wanted to. I would think that all NCAA draft eligible athletes should have the same rules as relating to their eligibility status.

NBA Front Offices should have the resources to decide whether they are better off drafting a player straight out of HS or one who declares during any part of his college career.

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I think the NCAA is full of

I think the NCAA is full of it self they dont care about the kids all they care about is making money and I believe they think that if this rule is put into place then they will be able to keep star players at least 3 years just like football which makes their sport more marketable to the casual fan because people will know these players for up to 3 years. I think that there shouldnt be a rule prohibiting these players from going to the league they should be able to succeed or fail and live with their decisions just like any other person.

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