In 2005, the NBA and its player’s union discussed the topic of the draft. They wanted to come up with a set of rules regarding draft eligibility and one of the rules they came up with was that you needed to be at least one year removed from the graduation of his high school class.
The rule invented the infamous “one and done” that cycle through the NCAA every year. But with news emerging that the NBA will increase the time to two years away from their high school class, will this finally end the one and done for good?
A “one and done” is defined by Urban Dictionary as “An athlete who spends one year in college before moving on to professional sports.” These athletes usually were high school stars and top-25 in the country. They go to college solely for the purpose of meeting the requirement and not looking to make a home at the university.
According to USA Today, From 2006 to 2013, 57 players who were one year out of high school have been drafted by NBA teams. This number has shown no sign of declining anytime soon. Nearly two-thirds of the one-and-done NBA draftees from 2010-2012 were early departures from just six schools—Kentucky (13), Kansas (4), Duke (3), Texas (3), Arizona (2) and UCLA (2).
The numbers show how there are just a handful of schools that continue to attract these one and done prospects.
People clearly enjoy these players as they are usually the best in the country but would rather see them stay and so the fans can make a greater connection with them instead of just loving them for one season.
“I’m split on One and Done’s. I love them because they bring a lot of excitement to the NCAA, but I hate them because I can’t like them too much because they leave the next year,” said sophomore Taylor Tobin.
Adam Silver, the commissioner of the NBA, told USA Today that it is not his place to make that call, he believes that the rule should be passed. Silver also went on to tell USA Today that the one and done is a “disaster”.
“The NBA is a man’s league, and I think a lot of these young guys come in early and their careers would prosper if they stayed (in college),” ex Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale told Bleacher Report.
Also people believe that if the athletes stay, the competition in the NCAA will be more spread out rather than the same teams every year doing good.
“I definitely support athletes staying two years in college. I think that would make them more NBA ready instead of just going in there as young as they do just to get the money,” said Amanda Brewington, social studies.
Emmanuel Mudiay was a top recruited Point guard last year who dropped his offer of going to SMU and went overseas to play in the China league to get paid. This still is allowed because he is separating himself from his graduating high school class for a year. This could become a trend if we see more players go after any way to get the money.
“Going overseas to play over college is a good option if you are trying to make money, but in the long run you need to get your name out and college basketball really helps that,” said freshman Alex Rodriguez.
It is evident that basketball fans love seeing great players every year in college basketball, but they would definitely want to see more and this is exactly what the rule allows.