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Proposed plan would extend age limit to three years in college and expand the D-League

(Photo by Garrett Ellwood /NBAE via Getty Images)

(Photo by Garrett Ellwood /NBAE via Getty Images)

(Photo by Garrett Ellwood /NBAE via Getty Images)

New NBA commissioner Adam Silver has said ending the one-and-done rule is a priority this summer, and there are several possible solutions on the table, including extending the age limit so that players would have to stay in school two years, which John Calipari endorses.

According to The Sporting News’ Sean Deveney, another proposal that is currently making the rounds is extending the age limit to three years in college while also expanding the D-League with higher salaries so that players who want to come to the league immediately have a proper training ground, and be able to make a decent living. So, go to college for three years or straight to the D-League.

The sources said that, in order to pave the way for raising the age limit, the league would be willing to expand salaries in the D-League, giving each team a salary cap and allowing executives with each team to sign players as they wish. Not only would that allow D-League teams to sign good young players, it would allow NBA clubs to size up young executives and player evaluators.

Deveney says the problem is the NBA Players’ Association hasn’t been able to find an executive director to work with Adam Silver on the matter. Once they do, Deveney notes, finding a solution to the one-and-done problem will be a priority.

[The Baseline: D-League could be major part of NBA raising age limit, sources say]

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71 Comments for Proposed plan would extend age limit to three years in college and expand the D-League



  1. Rich
    10:21 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

    I think three years would water down college basketball a bit too much.



    • jeffrey
      10:34 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

      It was like that pre-2010. So that would be incorrect.



    • AaronJ
      10:40 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

      @jeffrey I believe the top talent leaving straight out of high school did in fact water down college basketball, to say it didn’t is wrong.



    • Rich
      10:48 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

      @Jeffrey, I’m looking at this from a non UK perspective. We’ll always follow. One the whole, three years not good. When there was no one and done, your mid range stars (i.e. James Young) would go to school for a year or so and feel free to leave. If it moves to three years, your mid range and superstars will both go directly pro because they don’t want to wait three years. Therefore there is really no star power left.



    • jeffrey
      11:17 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

      It didn’t and you’re wrong.



    • jeffrey
      11:19 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

      No star power left? That’s completely false, several NBA stars did not jump to the league after HS, so you are wrong too.



    • Steve
      11:43 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

      There was no 3 year requirement before, jeffrey. You sir are wrong.



    • Rich
      1:54 pm April 18, 2014 Permalink

      @Jeffrey. This is a place for opinions, not nerd fighting.



  2. Stay in school
    10:22 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

    Good. Either of these plans is fine with me. I am tired of one and dones. I am tired of hearing about how Kentucky is One and Done University, I’m tired of Cal being made the enemy of college basketball because of one and dones, even though he doesn’t like it, and I am really tired of the lack of continuity. Every year we have to wonder what the team will be like and how they will come together and when that will occur. Having some continuity and overlap between recruiting classes will make Kentucky better and college basketball better!



    • Megan
      11:36 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

      You want change because it will make YOU feel better? I guess the answers are easy when that’s the only thing that matters.



    • Alamo_CatFan
      11:40 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

      Are you also tired of 3 Final Fours in 4 years and one National Championship (almost two)?



  3. Tomas
    10:24 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

    This is an absolutely terrible idea. It should be two years and coaches should do everything to get these kids to graduate in 3 years so after that second year they only need a few classes to get their degree. We should do nothing to discourage young kids from getting their degree.



  4. Hollahollaholla
    10:25 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

    Um, is that guy Satan?



    • Steve
      12:20 pm April 18, 2014 Permalink

      No, it’s Tony Dungy’s albino twin brother.



  5. Common Sense Says
    10:27 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

    Either plan is fine. I’ve always thought players who were inclined should be able to go straight to the D league for pay.



    • ukbradstith
      4:10 pm April 18, 2014 Permalink

      They can and always have been able to do so.



  6. UKfan
    10:30 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

    Anyone remember the movie “Coneheads”?



    • Hollahollaholla
      10:41 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

      So, when did John Malkovich become NBA commissioner?



    • Megan
      11:38 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

      I was thinking Gollum.



  7. funKYcat75
    10:31 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

    There’s no way an NBA team is going to let their million dollar baby go to the D-League for even one game.



    • was easy to see
      10:36 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

      I think you missed the whole point.

      Reading comprehension not a strong point of yours?



    • funKYcat75
      10:51 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

      “So, go to college for three years or straight to the D-League”, directly from the article above. You really think a team like the Bucks would have let a kid like Jabari Parker go to anything other than the NBA team. I don’t care if the D-League is revamped, big time kids are going straight to the team. If you don’t like my comment, blame the author.



    • my point was
      11:05 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

      my point was that the team WOULD NOT HAVE THE OPTION to bring them to the big club.

      If the Bucks draft Jabari in 2013, it would be with the understanding that they are only on the hook for the D-League salary and that the player would have to be there for at least a year before being brought up to the big club (at a higher salary). If the kid flames out (emotionally can’t hang, wasn’t as good as he/team thought he was), they avoid the bigger contract that was a problem for so many teams in the 90s and early aughts who got burned with high school players.

      I think this is how it will happen. The NBA is holding all the cards, has all the leverage to make the rules how it will protect them best.

      (All of that said, I believe the proposal still wouldn’t let a team be drafted by “the big club”. I think they get drafted into the D-League team and then enter the NBA Draft the following year.)



  8. Evan
    10:32 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

    So looks like the NBA is pushing to use more of the MLB model. I personally like it, those players that think they are ready can go straight to the NBA or D-League to prove themselves. And those they don’t feel they are ready have 3 years to grow there skills, and more than likely will have degrees when they finish those 3 years.



  9. Duuuuuude
    10:32 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

    Looks more like a funeral home director than an NBA commissioner.



  10. GordonM
    10:34 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

    Wow, if that happens, it opens a whole new Can of worms:

    A d-league draft?



    • Musehobo
      10:37 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

      Or just a free agency bidding war. Both sound insane.



  11. Tony
    10:34 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

    Could this 3 year talk discourage our young talent from staying 2 years?



    • Megan
      11:45 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

      The commissioner wants two years, so he’s asking for three. Unlike the President, he understands how to negotiate.



  12. jeffrey
    10:35 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

    I know one thing, the new commissioner is much better



  13. was easy to see
    10:35 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

    As soon as Cuban started speaking out about the NBA using the D-League to get top young players ready (instead of college), you had to expect that increasing the current D-League salary structure to motivate kids to use that route, would be a central part of the plan.

    Of course all the idiots in the media and the online forums (fans) called it dumb….but anyone with a brain could see this was coming down the pike. Salary for top players like Randle and Parker and Wiggins will go to up to $75-225K/yr, and these top layers won’t need UK/KU/Duke/Cuse/OhSt as stopping ground to full NBA access.

    Hopefully it is something that only 5-10 guys out of high school try each year…and not 25-50.

    We shall see…



  14. whodat
    10:35 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

    so how long would they have to stay in the D league?



  15. Musehobo
    10:36 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

    I could see a situation where the best high school players all opt for the D league to start getting paid immediately. It’s a better option than the current system which would require them to go overseas. Instead of earning your way to the league in the NCAA, become a semi-pro right out of high school.



  16. jus sayin
    10:40 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

    This is a dumb idea. I could see two years. But there is no reason that Anthony Davis should be playing college basketball right now if he doesn’t want to.



    • he wouldn't be
      10:44 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

      I think you missed the whole point. Anthony Davis WOULD NOT be playing college basketball. As a top5 high school player, he undoubtedly would have gone right to D-League for a year (at a salary of 100K instead of no salary in college, or the much lower D-league max salary that currently exists).

      With the NBA and their teams putting more and more money and effort into building the DLeague, this was inevitable.



  17. KS
    10:43 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

    A rule where a guy has to stay in 3 years or go to the D-League will eventually kill college basketball. It would end up like baseball.



  18. Miss Nomer
    10:43 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

    This could be really bad for college basketball. And bad I think for the players — alot won’t even get started in college and — even more importantly — why will those high school students who “know” they are NBA bound care diddly about school.



  19. Gman
    10:43 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

    This could really hurt college basketball as all the good high school players go straight to the D league.



  20. catinhat
    10:43 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

    So can a player go to college for one year and then switch to the D-league???

    If so, absolutely nothing changes in terms of “one and one”. You still go to college for a year, then if you think you are good enough for the league, you go to the D-league and at least get paid.



    • catinhat
      10:44 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

      The first option is easy to implement, just a stroke of a pen.

      The second option is going to take a lot of build-out.



    • Miss Nomer
      10:44 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

      But why would they go to college in the first place?



    • he wouldn't be
      10:47 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

      No. The system would be similar to that of baseball and hockey.

      If you don’t go into the minor league system directly, you can’t accept a contract or join a team for a set amount of time. In baseball and hockey, if you don’t accept your draft positon out of high school, you can’t be drafted or sign the deal until 3 yrs later.



    • GordonM
      10:49 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

      Pro basketball careers are not usually long lasting. If you have a degree (or near degree, you have something to fall back on.)



  21. REALLY
    10:47 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

    This sounds like MLB. so now you can play college ball and then if your not good enough for the majors then you can go to single A or AA or AAA and then IF WE NEED YOU then we will call you up.



  22. FAKE NATE
    10:47 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

    I am opening my couch and home in Florida to KSR listeners. Couch surfing is making a comeback.



  23. NO
    10:54 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

    This is going to seriously hurt college basketball. If you can go straight to the D-League out of high school making good pay, then that whats the elite talent will do. You can either play 3 years of ncaa basketball or go straight to the D-league, start getting paid, then get called up to the nba after 1 year. Say good-bye to talents like Anthony Davis, John Wall, Cousins, Randle, J. Young, etc. These types of players will go straight to D-League over being locked into 3 years of NCAA ball. I DONT LIKE IT



    • my point was
      11:07 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

      it does suck. there will be more aaron craft types (good all-around players but not elite talent), and significantly fewer elite athletes Poythress, Davis, MKG, etc etc….



  24. Freethrow
    11:06 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

    I see trouble and talent drain. No more Anthony Davis type talent playing college basketball. A lot of the kids failing in the NBDL and lives ruined. This option, IMO, will only be okay if there is a limit each year on how many kids the NBDL can take because way too many kids are going to jump at the chance to play for pay even if they will be playing for five digits instead of seven.



  25. The Good the Bad and the Ugly
    11:09 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

    Having the players stay in college for 2 years is the best option here, or just get rid of the one and done rule and go back to the way it was.

    Having the players stay in college for 3 years or go to the D-League is going to kill college baskeball. The recruiting process is going to be a nightmare. All 5 $tar players will go to the D-league. 4 star players are not going to want to sit the bench for 1 possibly 2 years waiting their rotation behind other Sophmore and Junior 4 star players. Because of this, more 4 $tar players will opt for the D-league. It’s common sense.

    Now college basketball is full of 3/2/1 star players and very few 4 star players. Here comes what looks like A, AA, and AAA baseball.



  26. Shickadance
    11:10 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

    This would hurt UK & Calipari & all other topnotch programs, ie. Duke & Kansas. It would also hurt the NCAA basketball brand as a whole. All the “one and doners” and even “two and doners” would bypass college basketball meaning you would have no Randle, Parker, Wiggins, Gordon, Embiid, Young, Marcus Smart, Gary Harris, Vonleh, Kyle Anderson, etc. which would make college basketball less interesting to watch. Exactly half of nbadraft.net’s projected draft picks are freshmen & sophomore.



  27. Cat Fan In Georgia
    11:19 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

    In no way would this “kill” college basketball. College basketball did just fine without Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and many others. There are still lots of very good players out there (think Darius Miller, Russ Smith, Shabazz Napier) and the games themselves, while missing the Anthony Davis and Andrew Wiggins-type players) will be just as entertaining as ever. Will Cal have to change his recruiting pitch? Maybe…



    • GordonM
      11:30 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

      Agree. College basketball will change but this may end up being better in the long run. College basketball fans will miss the SUPER talent on the college scene. The college game itself WILL survive and grow.



  28. bluegrassstu
    11:22 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

    Great idea. The ones who don’t want to be in a classroom, should be allowed to go to the NBA, and the NBA should be the ones to develop these players. For those worried about never seeing elite players in college, well go to your nearest d-league team and enjoy watching them play. What a novel idea, kids going to college to get an education, and not to be developed for the NBA. I read somewhere this morning, that Young did not want any thing to do with a classroom, but it was the only way he could play basketball. If so, he probably could have went to d-league instead, and probably be even further developed than he is now.



    • Amen to that
      11:34 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

      Totally agree with you. There’s a lot of these kids who have no business being in college in the first place. If all they are looking for is a place to develop their skills for the NBA, as opposed to getting an education, then they should go to the D-League. Leave college athletics for the kids who want to be students.



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    11:32 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

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  30. BigBaldDa
    11:41 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

    I could be misunderstanding this, but since all the D-League teams are associated with NBA teams, the NBA team (parent club) would have to draft the player and then stash them in the D-League for 3 years. This will require not only the D-League to increase salaries, but it will have to increase the amount of franchises as well. The current system has 18 D-league teams to support all the NBA teams. Some D-league teams have 4-5 parent clubs tied to them. The parent clubs will also use the D-league teams like they do now, so there are still only going to be a limited number of spots available on each D-League team each year.

    I think you will lose some of the mid-level talent, like a James Young, but I think it will cause the superstars like Wall, davis and even Lebron and Kobe back in the day to choose college. There is more national exposure at the major college programs, will will allow them to start “building their brand” where the D-League will be a short term financial fix.



  31. fatcattx
    11:48 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

    So what is the best solution for the kids? That is the only question that needs to be answered…. not how it will affect College Ball or the NBA….who by the way both make a lot of money off the product…. no body is going hungry on the admin/coach/official side of things….

    I agree that this will hurt College Ball… actually does not really get rid of the one and done… just makes it less lucrative for the players who do it….. they can still go to D league after one year or for elite talent straight out of highschool…. would hope their would be some rules against being able to sign free agent deals with d league during NCAA SEASON….elite highscool can actually enter DLEAGUE/OR OVERSEAS right out of Highschool now… but they don’t make much money compared to the NBA….

    I think it could actually make the NBA less interesting…if that is possible…

    I think the best case would be two year d league contract then draft/free agent or two year college then draft….

    any way you look at it though all the money is being earned by the kids but collected by the schoold/ncca/nba….



  32. 6million
    11:57 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

    So if John Wall had to wait until 21,he’s be out at least 6 million dollars. No way the players association would allow it.



    • fatcattx
      12:05 pm April 18, 2014 Permalink

      John Wall would not have to wait he could have gone straight to the D League for one year, and then got called up and signed a free agent deal that might have actually earned him more money that the salary cap put on NBA ROOKIES through the draft….



  33. Jane
    12:17 pm April 18, 2014 Permalink

    It appears obvious the NCAA, NBA and most coaches want to create an avenue to allow high school kids go straight to the draft. I knew they would never change the rule to 2 years or 3 years and make everyone attend school or reach a certain age. Such a rule would help coaches like Calipari and Bill Self who consistently get the lion’s share of the best players every year. Allowing a a path straight to the NBA from high school helps coaches like Coach K and Pitino. I would rather keep the current rule then allow the one and domes to go to the draft straight from high school. That is better for Kentucky as we have a coach that can get the best players.



  34. BNClay
    12:18 pm April 18, 2014 Permalink

    #30 knows what he is talking about. Marketing and exposer is the reason to go to college over the Dleague. If you need cash you go to the dleague. If you n wait and wanna get a bigger shoe deal and bigger following, go to college.



  35. bigbluedan
    12:32 pm April 18, 2014 Permalink

    I think #11 hit it on the head. He understands that the NBAPA won’t agree to this.

    However I do think the Dleague requirement will stick because some kids just don’t want to go to school which is FAIR. But now it moves to 2yrs of college and you have kids who cant graduate after 2 yrs, and are inclined to leave for the NBA to be drafted. If you are in the D-League you still have a 1yr wait period and you make it to league a year sooner. So either college for 2yrs, get coached up by Cal, 24k in the crowd at Rupp and bang hot college chicks or go the the Dleague and wait a year where you will play in front of 500 ppl, and make some cash until you strike a larger NBA deal. I think the exposure from the college game would help elite players increase their draft stock over a player who performed the same in the D league.

    The point is the kids still have an option instead of having to go to school when they didnt want to in the first place.



  36. woo's gummy snacks
    12:33 pm April 18, 2014 Permalink

    The mother of dragons will be with her babies



  37. CATinCO
    12:34 pm April 18, 2014 Permalink

    I truly understand evryone’s desire to see the very best talented high school graduates, especially when they choose our WILDCATS. However, if HS senior does not “particularly care for college”, let him try out for the D-league. The NBA is not going to accept on all comers just because these seniors feel they may be good enough. Before the one and dones, wasn’t the players who went to NBA limited to 5 or under?



  38. Jeff Schrembs
    12:49 pm April 18, 2014 Permalink

    One should never judge anyone on “face value” but in this case I can’t get his image over (or out of my exploding pupils) he looks like the offspring of Gargamel (from the Smurfs) and 1/4th an inch of skin over a skeleton.
    Other than that….



  39. Ilikethe2
    1:10 pm April 18, 2014 Permalink

    I think they should allow them to be drafted out of high school, no pickups or free agency for high school guys not drafted.

    If not drafted then the they have to wait until past age 20 to be eligible again. If they are drafted, the league has to give them a 3 year guaranteed deal based on a sliding scale. That way they won’t draft them unless they are positive. I don’t think you lose over 4 or 5 elite guys a year using this method.

    College coaches who develop talent well will love a 3 year rule.



  40. Sam Jones
    1:26 pm April 18, 2014 Permalink

    I’m actually okay with 3 years and a D league option. This gives the athletes the option to go make a pay check right away if they want. By contrast 3 years of school is enough for a degree so we can all be confident that the kid actually wants to be in school. I have no earthy idea how they will make the d league option work, but it’s not for me to worry about. The players can decide for themselves what they think is in their interest. I can’t imagine d league basketball suddenly becoming a popular TV event.



  41. Sam Jones
    1:38 pm April 18, 2014 Permalink

    One thing that does worry me is this is going to complicate things with NCAA impermissible benefits. Your going to have a lot of guys out there thinking they can take money because going to D league anyway and then try to reverse course.



  42. UKBlue
    2:51 pm April 18, 2014 Permalink

    They will ask for the 3 years knowing the agents & players union will never sign off, so they will negotiate it down to 2 years.



  43. fatcattexas
    9:02 am April 19, 2014 Permalink

    I would put my straight out of highschool team against your one and done team any day…

    Lebron, Kobe, Dwight Howard, Garnett, Nowitzky, = Starting 5



  44. steve
    8:17 pm April 19, 2014 Permalink

    Two years makes so much sense. You can play sports and get an associate degree thus making you a student athlete.