Reports earlier this week revealed that the NBA may be willing to take a step forward to help young prospects with the transition from high school basketball to the NBA by removing the 'one-and-done' rule.
This is in reaction to the recent NCAA scandal involving college basketball players, and one NBA icon in Kevin Durant is happy that the 'one-and-done' rule could soon be out of the window, but he sends out a warning to any elite high school players looking to make the leap to the league.
A report by ESPN’s Brian Windhorst report states that one high-ranking league official said: “We are looking at changing the relationship we have with players before they reach the NBA. This is a complex challenge, and there’s still a lot of discussion about how it’s going to happen, but we all see the need to step in.”
According to Logan Murdock of the San Jose Mercury News, the Golden State Warriors star believes getting rid of the 'one-and-done' rule would be good for future players and the NBA, but he warns about prospects making the jump to the professional level before they are ready.
Durant said: “I think its good for guys that are coming out of high school, who are not quite ready for the NBA yet but want to make a little bit of cash playing basketball and wanting to be a professional early. Where every day you’re thinking about the game of basketball, not school, not dorm rooms, none of that stuff. Just thinking about basketball and how to get better.
“I think it depends on how you feel. You gotta be honest with yourself at the end of the day. If you’re not as good as you think you are when you get to the NBA, you probably should’ve went to the G-League or college. So you gotta assess yourself and your real skills and people around you gotta be real with you and not blow smoke up your a**.”
The NBA removing the 'one-and-done' rule will allow high school prospects to take on the decision of turning pro or not. Another option the league is reportedly considering is opening up a channel through the G-League system for them to develop their skills to an NBA-level, which would help keep younger players in the league for longer.
Things still need to be ironed out in this situation, but it looks like the NBA is going in the right direction.