The NBA’s next CBA appears to be nowhere near being completed, but it will likely have a great impact on college basketball should they make any changes to the NBA Draft early entry rules as expected. There have been whispers of an abolished age limit and an extension to two years. Today, a new prospective change popped up. According to Rutgers head coach Mike Rice and Scout.com’s Evan Daniels, the rumor is now that college basketball players would have to wait three years before entering the NBA Draft. I’m assuming that means the NBA is considering the baseball rule, which would also allow prospects to enter the draft directly out of high school if they choose not to go to college.
Assuming that does end up being included in the new CBA, you have to wonder how that would affect Kentucky’s recruiting under John Calipari. The thought of having players working together in the dribble-drive offense for three years is tantalizing, especially if the Cats continue to pull in the elite players in each class. But if the NBA opens up early entry for high school players, does provide a bit of a speed bump on Calipari’s furious recruiting pace? Most likely not. One thing that might be slightly underappreciated in judging Cal’s recruiting classes is the way he’s able to selectively choose guys that can qualify and are dedicated to being on campus – even if it’s only for a year. It’s not like he’s Rick Pitino or something. This could be a very good thing.