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The “One and Done” is Here to Stay

James Crisp | AP

James Crisp | AP

Labor talks between the NBA and NBAPA were held today to push toward a new CBA agreement as the termination of the current collective bargaining agreement looms.

While we should care about the potential earnings for former Wildcats, where it really hits home is the “one and done” rule.  The current CBA mandates that players are only draft eligible a year after completing high school.  Although the next CBA has not yet been finalized, Adrian Wojnarowski reports the “one-and-done” college draft rule will remain in place.  

This should be considered good news.  Some Kentucky fans probably wish the NBA would extend the rule to require two years of college, but it’s more likely they’d revert back to the old rule that allowed high school players to go straight to the pros rather than add another year to the prohibition.

Article written by Nick Roush

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1 Comment for The “One and Done” is Here to Stay



  1. az1006
    6:34 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

    Realistically, how the rule is written won’t really change Kentucky’s standing in the ranks of college basketball. If one-and-done caliber players opted to go straight to the NBA, star-level talent in college basketball might go down overall, but we’d still get more than our share of the best players leftover. And, quite frankly, the number of players that opted to go straight to the NBA after high school would still be relatively low. A lot of guys that have been one-and-done at Kentucky likely would have been one-and-done regardless. Guys like Eric Bledsoe, Devin Booker, Trey Lyles, Marquis Teague, just to name a few, would have gone to college regardless. Hell, Anthony Davis likely would have too. The fact is, even if the “best” players went straight to the NBA, the second tier guys would still be fought over. And Calipari would continue recruiting just like he is now.