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David Stern is in favor of two-and-done rule for NBA

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The one-and-done rule is one that’s been a popular topic in basketball ever since the NBA made it a requirement for draftees to be one year removed from high school (their graduating class) in order to be eligible to be selected.

Of course displeasure with the rule has led to assigning blame to the incorrect outlets, from coaches such as John Calipari (it’s not his rule) to the NCAA (not theirs either).

This has been the doing of the NBA, but that doesn’t mean that commissioner David Stern is the one who put the current rule in place either.

Commissioner Stern was on the Dan Patrick Show on Friday morning to discuss a number of issues in the league, and the current situation involving the NBA Draft came up.

Stern’s preference would be that players have to be at least two years removed from high school in order to be eligible for the NBA Draft.

“I don’t know the answer to that,” remarked Stern when asked by Patrick. “I think it would be a great idea to change it to two-and-done.

“Everyone I hear from- players actually, college coaches, NBA teams- everyone says its a good idea except for the union, whose consent is necessary to change it. So what I tell people to do is, ‘Don’t call me, call their union.'”

Stern isn’t in favor of going back to the days where a player could enter the draft directly out of high school either, so don’t expect that to happen anytime in the near future.

If anything these comments put the ball in the National Basketball Players Association’s court, and from their standpoint why wouldn’t they want two-and-done to become the rule?

Franchises in theory get more seasoned players ready to make an impact upon entering the NBA, and wouldn’t the union want better players on the floor as well?

But these are tumultuous times for the NBPA, with Billy Hunter leading calls for Derek Fisher’s resignation and a recent report of Hunter looking to use union funds to invest in a bank that his son has ties to.

However that all shakes out the NBA and NBPA will have some things to discuss in regards to an age limit in the near future, and it’s pretty clear where Commissioner Stern stands on the matter.

h/t to Matt Norlander of CBSSports.com

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at CollegeHoops.net and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

Top-100 guard commits to Xavier

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Xavier has added a top-100 prospect into its 2017 recruiting class Wednesday.

Elias Harden, a shooting guard from Georgia, pledged to the Musketeers via social media to become the second member of Chris Mack’s next class.

“The recruiting process was not EASY AT ALL,” Harden wrote on Twitter. “I wanna thank all the coaches that took time to recruit me.

“WIth that being said I will continue my academic and athletic career at Xavier University.”

The 6-foot-6 guard is ranked 92nd overall by 247Sports and had offers from Auburn, Maryland, Texas Tech and Ole Miss. He joins Jared Ridder, a Missouri guard, as part of the 2017 Xavier class.

The Musketeers return the bulk of last year’s 28-6 team that narrowly missed out on the Sweet 16.

Clemson recruit to enroll early

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Clemson will get a four-star recruit on campus a year earlier than it expected, though his on-court debut for the Tigers will remain on schedule.

A.J. Oliver, a guard from South Carolina, will enroll early at Clemson and redshirt this upcoming season, he announced via social media Wednesday.

“I woke up this morning and realized that the greatest opportunity for me is to enroll early into Clemson,” he wrote on Twitter. “I will redshirt a year & start my college career early.”

Oliver, whose mother is the head women’s basketball coach at Clemson, was a consensus top-100 player in the class of 2017 who committed to the Tigers last December. Texas Tech and the College of Charleston were involved before his commitment.

A three-star shooting guard, Scott Spencer of Virginia, was previously the only member coach Brad Brownell’s 2016 class. While Oliver’s decision to redshirt will keep him off the court for the 2016-17 season, he’ll have spent a full season in the Tiger program before making his debut in 2017

The cupboard isn’t bare in 2017 for the Tigers due to Oliver’s reclassification because Clemson received a commitment from power forward Malik Williams, a consensus top-150 player, earlier Wednesday.

Kentucky used Calipari-Chaney fight in media training

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Kentucky held some media training sessions yesterday, and one of the topics that head coach John Calipari used to make a point was … his blow-up with John Chaney. The moment was captured on SnapChat by a trio of Kentucky newcomers.

You remember that incident. Chaney, then the head coach at Temple, and Cal, who was coaching Atlantic 10 rival UMass at the time, nearly came to blows over the way that Cal handled officials during the game. Before the video below picks up, the two shared this exchange:

“Could I say this to you, please?” Chaney said, before the video above picks up. “You’ve got a good ball club. But what you did with the officials out there is wrong, and I don’t want to be a party to that. You understand?”

Cal responded: “You weren’t out there, Coach. You don’t have any idea.”

Chaney fired back: “You got a game given to you by officials right here with G.W. on three bad calls, O.K.? Then you send your kids out there pushing and shoving. You had the best officiating you could ever get here. And for you to ride them, I don’t want to be a party to that.”

And that led to “I’ll kill you”:

(h/t KSR)

VIDEO: Shaq’s son, Shareef O’Neal, with monster dunk in Vegas

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Shareef O’Neal is a top 50 prospect in the Class of 2018. In Vegas this past weekend, he threw down a monster put-back dunk.

South Dakota State gets two commits

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Tuesday was a busy and productive one for South Dakota State on the recruiting trail.

The Jackrabbits secured two 2017 commitments from the state of Wisconsin in Ryan Krueger and Alex Arians, a source tells NBCSports.com.

Krueger is a 6-foot-5 wing player from New London, Wisc. while Arians is a 6-foot-4 guard from Madison, Wisc., who also held an offer from Wright State, which is coached by former SDSU coach Scott Nagy. Both players spend their summers playing for the Wisconsin Swing grassroots program.

The pair make it a trio of commits for the Jackrabbits in 2017 with another Wisconsinite, Alou Dillon, pledging to first-year Jackrabbits coach T.J. Otzelberger, himself a Wisconsin native, earlier this summer.

South Dakota State went 26-8 last year and the bulk of the team that made the NCAA tournament last year, including sophomore Mike Daum, who led the team in scoring and rebounding as a freshman.