When he’s not talking to our very own Thomas Beisner on KSTV, Mike DeCourcy writes for The Sporting News. Currently, he’s got a very interesting piece about the one-and-done rule and how it’s changed college basketball, for better and worse. Now, considering Cal’s reputation with the national media, you would expect any reference to him in a story like this to be negative, but quite the contrary; DeCourcy interviews Calipari, who says the rule puts unrealistic expectations into the heads of talented recruits and freshmen, who only focus on getting to the next level, not improving and developing as players and people:
“I’ve had to speed up things here,” Calipari told Sporting News on Friday. “We’ve talked about social things here in our locker room twice a week: How fortunate we are, how as we develop fame we can impact people’s lives. We have to jam it in. And I have the money talk with all these kids: You work for money? No, you have money work for you.
“In the old days, you could sprinkle it in and out over four years.”
Cal suggests that a two-year rule would be the perfect medium; it would allow players to focus on developing their game without the added pressure of immediately increasing their draft stock.
“If it’s two years, the kids understand they’ve got to go to college,” Calipari said. “I think we would have 100 percent graduation rate along with all these kids getting drafted. When a kid leaves after one year and he’s 90 credits short, that’s going to take seven or eight years.
“Two years is a good number. Kids can come in and do their thing, they can get close to graduating, you can have an impact on their lives.”
Unfortunately, with talks of changing the age limit tabled during NBA lockout negotiations, it doesn’t look like the one-and-done rule will change for some time (DeCourcy predicts it will be around for ten more years). In the meantime, the debate will continue, especially with critics like Bobby Knight (whom DeCourcy calls “misguided”) taking every chance to slam it and coaches that they perceive to embrace it. However, it’s refreshing that at least one member of the national media is actually taking time to do their job.