Reports of the one-and-done’s death were greatly exaggerated.
Beginning with the NBA Draft in 2006, the league has not accepted players who are not at least one year removed from high school. As Kentucky fans know all too well, John Calipari has used the rule to his advantage, while many others cannot say the same.
After more than a decade of one-and-done, detractors have pushed to have the age restriction removed. The movement had momentum, with many believing high schoolers could jump straight to the NBA as soon as 2022. Adrian Wojnarowski reports that momentum has waned. In a recent episode of “The Woj Pod,” he revealed that the one-and-done rule will not likely be up for discussion until the next collective bargaining agreement negotiation in 2025.
A lot of us believed a year ago, 18 months ago, that the NBA and the player’s association would come to an agreement on ending the one-and-done — they would set a date in the future, but we thought it would be 2022, 2023 when high school players would be able to go back in the draft. That has not happened. It is not on the horizon, largely because the union and the league, as part of letting the high school players back into the draft, the league has wanted players to have to make available their physicals and medical evaluations to all teams … The union, backed very hard by the agents, had said, ‘That’s not something we’re gonna give in on. We’re not going to give you full access medically. That’s the one advantage that we feel we have as agents and players to control the process.’
That’s been the major sticking point for a couple of years now. And there’s a real strong possibility that the one-and-done conversation isn’t picked up again until the next collective bargaining agreement in 2025.
Earlier this month Emoni Bates became the first sophomore to ever win the Gatorade High School National Player of the Year Award. Many believed he would be the first player to jump back into the NBA from high school. This development means that unless he wants to go the G-League route or play overseas, Bates will have to spend a year in college.
The one-and-done is here to stay, for now, and that can only be considered a good thing for John Calipari’s program.