Cuban said it was pointless to have the NBA/NCAA’s “one and done” rule, where a student must be out of high-school for one year before he can enter the NBA draft.
Cuban believes the rule implemented nearly a decade ago is ridiculous and top players would be better off coming straight out of high school into the NBA Developmental League instead of playing a year of college ball.
Many of the NBA’s top prospects are students at their respective universities for only a semester, before beginning the draft process. Cuban believes that it would benefit both the athlete and the NBA if his proposal to repeal the “one and done” rule were implemented.
Cuban told a reporter the NBA’s top prospects are not benefitting from their year in college “because he is not going to class, he's actually not even able to take advantage of all the fun (of college) because the first semester he starts playing basketball."
This is a fantastic idea. No longer would a school have to worry about having to treat the “one and done” player as a student athlete, when it is perfectly clear he has no interest or no time in attending college.
The player could attend college or some other educational program while playing in the NBA Developmental League without having to worry about the rules and regulations of the NCAA. And he would be earning money from playing professional basketball.
There have been plenty of NBA stars that were affected by this rule. Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant left after one year at University of Texas, New Orleans Pelicans Anthony Davis left after one year at University of Kentucky and Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose left after a year at University of Memphis. Many speculate these players would have not played college ball if the one and done rule were not in place.
For every LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, or Kevin Garnett, players who were successful immediately in the NBA, there are others like Eddy Curry, Kwame Brown, Sebastian Telfair, or Darius Miles. Players who entered the league too early and could not adjust to the physicality of the NBA. Players like these is the reason why this “one and done” rule was put in place.
Cuban’s proposal is similar to the Major League Baseball rule where a U.S. athlete is allowed to enter the draft after high school, but if the player chooses college he must stay for a certain amount of years. In baseball, if the athlete chooses a four-year college, he must stay for a minimum of three years. Football players must be three years removed from high school before entering the NFL draft.
Under Cuban’s proposal, a player drafted right out of high school would likely be sent straight to the Developmental League. In the “D-League” the player would still have an opportunity at an education, says Cuban. A deal would be reached with local colleges where a player could attend classes.
Cuban has come out and said this is only an idea, not a formal proposal. But if it were to be proposed the NBA should leap at the chance. It would help not only grow their own game, but protect the interests of actual student athletes as well.
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