The debate about the NBA’s age limit will wage on forever.
The way the rule is currently structured, NBA prospects have to spend at least a year in college regardless of whether or not an NBA team would be willing to draft them as 18 year olds. There is currently a push, led by new commissioner Adam Silver, to extend that age limit to 20, forcing players to spend two seasons at the collegiate level.
The reasons why make good business sense. If NBA owners are going to be investing millions of dollars into a player, they want to make sure that they do their due diligence in scouting the athlete. The more time the player spends in college, the more time NBA organizations have to decide whether, for example, Joel Embiid will be the next Hakeem Olajuwon or the next Greg Oden or if Andrew Wiggins is going to be the second-coming of Scottie Pippen or another Rudy Gay.
It also reduces the amount of money the teams have to spend on development. The number of kids that can contribute significant minutes to an NBA team immediately out of high school are miniscule. LeBron did. Kevin Durant probably would have been able to. Beyond that, even the elite prospects need a couple years worth of seasoning before they’re really ready to be a starter. Force them to spend two seasons in college, and you’re drafting players more likely to play immediately instead of funding their development.
From a business perspective, it makes sense.
But that doesn’t make it right.
Take it away, Pablo:
Steve Prohm announced on Monday that starting center Jameel McKay will not be in the lineup on Wednesday when the Cyclones take on Texas Tech.
“He’ll practice today because I want him in practice,” Prohm said, “but game-wise, he’s suspended.”
McKay did not make the trip to Stillwater with the team on Saturday, where Iowa State beat Oklahoma State, 64-59. Prohm has not gotten into specifics regarding the cause of McKay’s suspension, but it’s reportedly an issue with the way he has been practicing. McKay is dealing with a nagging knee injury, which may play a role in the situation as well.
“My hope is he’ll be with us on Saturday,” Prohm said.
Like the Coaches Poll, Villanova found themselves No. 1 in the AP Poll during the regular season for the first time in the history of the program.
And like the Coaches Poll, there isn’t much in the way of a consensus when it comes to who is the No. 1 team, as there are six teams that received No. 1 votes in the poll this week.
The biggest shock to me?
The No. 1 team in the NBC Sports Top 25, Iowa, received just 11 first place votes and is ranked fourth in the AP Poll.
They were ranked fifth in the Coaches Poll.
Can we get Fran McCaffery the love they deserve?
Here is the rest of the AP Poll:
1. Villanova (20-3, 32 first-place votes)
2. Maryland (21-3, 13)
3. Oklahoma (19-3, 7)
4. Iowa (19-4, 11)
5. Xavier (21-2)
6. Kansas (19-4, 1)
7. Virginia (19-4, 1)
8. Michigan State (20-4)
9. North Carolina (19-4)
10. West Virginia (19-4)
11. Oregon (18-4)
12. Miami (FL) (18-4)
13. Louisville (19-4)
14. Iowa State (17-6)
15. Texas A&M (18-5)
16. SMU (20-2)
17. Arizona (19-5)
18. Purdue (19-5)
19. Dayton (19-3)
20. Providence (18-6)
21. Baylor (17-6)
22. Kentucky (17-6)
23. USC (18-5)
24. Texas (16-7)
25. Wichita State (17-6)
DROPPED OUT: No. 22 Indiana, No. 25 South Carolina
NEW ADDITIONS: No. 23 USC, No. 24 Texas