It looks like the one-and-done rule is officially coming to an end.
The NBA released a memo this afternoon indicating there will be a major shift in eligibility rules for the draft “as early as 2021.”
According to ESPN, the memo didn’t mention the one-and-done rule by name, but said “eligibility rules” will be changing soon in order to address “player development and the corruption investigation in college basketball.”
The collective bargaining deal expires in 2024, but sources told ESPN that it could end before then to include these upcoming rule changes.
But don’t expect anything to happen soon. According to the report, any changes to eligibility rules would NOT take place at any time “prior to the 2021 or 2022 draft,” so the next two recruiting classes will still have to attend college for at least one season.
If changed, as expected, recruits will be able to enter the NBA Draft right out of high school. If they decide to go to college, they would have to stay for (at the very least) two years.
The report went as far as to warn NBA teams about making trades involving future draft picks because they very well may include some of the top high school prospects in the nation in back-to-back recruiting classes in a single draft.
The end is near whether you like it or not, BBN.
For more information on the upcoming changes, check out the entire ESPN article here.