As the NBA tries to resolve its lockout mess, remember one crucial detail related to college hoops: The NCAA doesn’t have any input with the one-and-done rule.
That piece of work is all on the NBA.
“We can’t be a part of it,” NCAA executive Bob Williams told Andy Katz. “We’re not involved in the labor [agreement]. Whatever they decide to do, then we can react to it. There is no collusion with the NBA and the NCAA. That can’t be further from the truth. There is no involvement with us. There can’t be.”
The NBA would love the rule to either stay the same – a prospect must be 19 and be at least one year out of high school – or add another year for a two-minimum in college. The players association wants the rule gone, which would mean the prep-to-pros route would return. There’s no hope for a three-year minimum stay in college.
Just like most fans, most coaches dislike the rule.
This includes Kentucky’s John Calipari:
“Sometimes I don’t think people will listen when I say this: I don’t like the rule. I don’t like the one-and-done. I don’t think it’s good for college, I don’t think it’s good for the NBA. But it’s a rule we have to live with. I recruit the best players I can recruit and I don’t try to hold them back.”
“I don’t like what is in place now. It’s not because we’ve had two one-and-dones the last two years. Some people have had more. I don’t think what we have is fair to the kid. We say, ‘Come here to get a degree and help us win, and in turn, when the time is right, we’ll support any decision you make.’ That’s what we’ll say whether it’s one year or two years. The mind-set some kids have coming in is they can be a one-and-done guy. I can understand that. It’s the landscape of where we live and what we do, but it’s not the way it should be.
“It should be kids go to school first, and after they go to school and the time is right, they should be able to jump. I think making them stay a minimum of two would definitely help that cause.”
And Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, who just saw point guard Kyrie Irving selected No. 1 overall after one season:
“If [a kid is] good enough, he should be allowed to come right out of high school. … If they go to college, they should be there long enough to take core courses that could eventually lead to a degree. Otherwise it’s a sham.”
The one-and-done rule is waaaaay down on the to-do list for the NBA owners and players. Say this lockout stretches well past summer and into the fall, which seems likely. By then, the two sides won’t be worried about the one-and-done rule. They’ll be focused on salary caps, revenue sharing, etc.
But maybe that’s not all bad. If the lockout ends and it’s the status quo with a one-and-done rule still in place, that’s not bad. A two-year minimum would be better, but if the NBA makes a mess of its labor talks, I wouldn’t mind.
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