April 18th, 2014 10:01 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: Adam Silver, National Basketball Association, NBA, Players Association
The one-and-done rule in today’s college game is a by-product of the National Basketball Association. When the wave of high school players entering the league directly from high school started to produce more misses than hits, the league slapped an age limit on draft-eligible players. The limit was a small one, meaning kids would now to college for a year… and then jump to the pros.
But that could be changing.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver is advancing the idea of changing the age limit from one year after high school graduation to three. Such a requirement be near identical to the current NFL rule.
Whenever this issue has come up in the past the biggest obstacle has been the NBA Players Association (college coaches and NBA franchises are in favor of a such a move). But according to Sean Deveney of SportingNews.com, the league may be willing to give the union something it’s been wanting — a better paying Developmental League — in exchange for the increased age limit.
If the Players Association will acquiesce on the age requirement, it would vastly improve the collegiate game. Imagine stars spending three years on a campus instead of one. Consider the growth in chemistry players would enjoy if they played together for three years instead of one. Think of the improved play we would see as experienced veterans replaced raw freshmen as the key cogs on many teams.
That would be good, good and good.
The biggest change on the collegiate level would come in the SEC at John Calipari’s Kentucky Kindergarten. UK has proven that bringing in a fresh batch of newbies every season can work. But, for example, how much better would the 2011-12 Wildcats have become over time if Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Terrence Jones, Doron Lamb, and Marquis Teague could have played together for another year or two? Instead of one national crown, that group might have gone back-to-back or better.
An increased NBA age limit would be wonderful news for the college game. Rosters would have to be rebuilt with less frequency, making the game much less transient. Players would actually get three years worth of coaching, teaching. And Kentucky fans wouldn’t have to learn the names of an entirely new team every season.
Cross your fingers, folks, and hope as we do that the NBA’s commish can push this one through.
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