This morning, the NCAA’s Commission on College Basketball called for the NBA to abolish the one-and-done rule and allow high school seniors to go directly to the NBA. Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting the NBA and Players Association plan to do just that, with change coming as early as the 2020 Draft.
The NBA and NBPA conversations on eliminating the one-and-done draft rule — which would allow high school seniors to enter the NBA — are centered on the 2020 Draft as the earliest possible date for change, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 25, 2018
The first recruiting class this could impact would be the 2020 class, making the 2019 class even more important. Yet another reason why John Calipari’s been a madman on the recruiting front, right? In addition to pushing some 2019 players to reclassify to 2018 (Ashton Hagans, Tyrese Maxey), Cal has reclaimed his role as head recruiter, putting in the legwork with James Wiseman, Vernon Carey, Scottie Lewis, Bryan Antoine, Matthew Hurt, etc.
So, what will happen to the players who aren’t elite once the one-and-done rule ends? The NBA has started to expand its G-League, which could end up as a farm system, a concept Calipari spoke out against in March.
“If you send high school kids to the D-League, how many of them will make the NBA? Give me a number. Five percent? You know that’s too high. Probably two or three percent. What do we do with the ones that don’t make it? Tell me.”
An expanded G-League seems inevitable, so Calipari met with the Players Association last week to encourage them to establish a combine for high school juniors to better educate them on who should make the jump to the pros and who should go to school. That’s a noble move by Cal, but with the prospect of finally being able to straight to the league ahead of them, several players will go regardless of whether or not they’re ready.
In the end, you better hope the NBA ends the one-and-done rule because the NCAA’s alternatives are horrible. This morning, the committee recommended reinstating freshmen ineligibility or locking the scholarships so that if a player does go pro after one year, the school can’t use it for three or four years, which are both terrible ideas and would lead to a mass exodus of talent to the G-League or overseas. If the one-and-done rule goes, the best of the best would go straight to the league but you would hopefully see the next tier of talent in college; if the one-and-done rule stays and the NCAA adopts freshmen ineligibility or locks the scholarships, any player with any hopes of a legit NBA career would run for the hills, and who could blame them?
If Woj’s report is correct, the end of the one-and-done era is near; for now, take heart that Calipari is doing everything he can to prepare for it.