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NBA indicates one-and-done rule will end as early as 2021


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.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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10 responses to “NBA indicates one-and-done rule will end as early as 2021”

  1. Biglaw Dawgin'

    “The end is near…” sounds ominous. I think we need to clarify here that the author’s not (I think) talking about the end of an era or the end of UK domination or anything of that nature. Because elimination of the rule only helps us dominate more. In that regard, I would say, the “beginning is near.”

  2. TB112162

    The Players Association has to agree so I think 2024 is when it will be negotiated will see

  3. TDog

    Matt sort of hinted at it on the show the other day, but this next two year run with Cal may be sort of our last hurrah as a dominant force in college basketball. Even if you want to say that UK will still dominate even after the end of this rule, ESPN pulling away from the sport only means there will be a LOT less coverage. These next two years are the end when it comes to UK basketball in games with as big of coverage as they have now.

    1. wyatts1

      If ESPN pulls away then they will quickly come back after seeing their ratings plunge. Also I don’t understand why you think it will be coach Cal and UK’S last hurrah?? You do realize that we are the UK wildcats, the winningest program in college basketball history, with 2nd most title’s, and one of the most rabid fanbases in all of sports. These changes will effect ALL NCAA men’s basketball program’s all the same, and I’m pretty sure we was doing alright long before the one and done era (besides the coach Billy G saga). Plus many fans who enjoy quality games with true student athletes will enjoy the fact that some of these future recruits will be coming due to our storied program and to win a national championship, instead of only being used for a stepping stone, that some felt was happening. Either way players will come and go pending on talent level anyways after our coaches get done with them, at least those fans will have 2 seasons to learn their names and pick a favorite.

  4. Tango98

    We’ll still get the best of the rest that don’t go straight to the NBA. And it might be fun to have 3-4 year players again. Don’t forget legalized gambling which will help prop up any ratings loss from one and done’s. UK Basketball force not going anywhere. Go Cats!

  5. Samattox47

    This will not bother us. We will still get the best of the rest available.

  6. Catcasey1

    College ball will be fine and UK will be even better

  7. Luether

    Unless I’m missing something, I don’t think this will hurt UK and could actually help…

  8. Headhurts

    So how many American born players will go pro after high school in a given year? Maybe 5-6, do u go pro if your 1st round or 2 round, ultimately it won’t make much difference at the college level.

  9. gasman01

    There won’t be as many top players available an we get the ones we want. Should really benefit us.