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The One-and-Done Rule appears to be here to stay until at least 2025

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.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

15 Comments for The One-and-Done Rule appears to be here to stay until at least 2025



  1. eyebleedblue
    7:31 pm April 18, 2020 Permalink

    G league offers could get richer, especially once things are back to normal.



  2. Theymademesignup
    7:34 pm April 18, 2020 Permalink

    I don’t see this as a “good” thing. With the G League taking more and more players away (who would have been 1 and done targets) this will shrink the pool for Calipari. There will be some recruits we “think” we are getting that will then jump ship to the D-League. Calipari needs to adjust now and start building a team vs trying to just get some random guys and throw them together.



    • KYJelly
      7:57 pm April 18, 2020 Permalink

      A lot of people tend to forget that he didn’t get #1-2 recruiting classes at Memphis and a lot of his success was because how well he developed 3-4 star guys.



  3. kyfan200587
    8:00 pm April 18, 2020 Permalink

    Welp college basketball and nba as a whole SUCKS AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



    • spincr4hire
      8:37 pm April 18, 2020 Permalink

      I’ll still take it over zero basketball in the near future



    • Newtype
      9:18 pm April 18, 2020 Permalink

      Right? It sucks seeing the best and most talented young players play in college. Has really killed the game. I’d much rather see a bunch okay college players miss a million jumpers.



    • catdaddyd
      4:29 pm April 19, 2020 Permalink

      We haven’t been known as a good shooting team in quite some time. Maybe less athletes and a few more good shooters.



  4. IrishCat
    8:23 pm April 18, 2020 Permalink

    Surprised and disappointed to hear this.



  5. bigblue98
    8:24 pm April 18, 2020 Permalink

    If the transfer rule goes into place this will be negligible from a UK perspective. If one of the young guys that Cal’s recruiting goes the development root a high transfer will step in and take the place.



  6. Han
    8:41 pm April 18, 2020 Permalink

    If the G-league plan works out–Green and Todd as major test cases–there’s no benefit for the NBA if they remove the 1-and-done rule.

    If the G-league plan crashes and burns, they’ll revisit 1-and-done. Pretty simple.

    It’s up to the NCAA to figure out what to do if the NBA won’t do an NFL-like 3-yr rule. They could try to force the NBA’s hand by allowing kids to return if they don’t get drafted or don’t like where they were drafted.



  7. michaelb
    9:03 pm April 18, 2020 Permalink

    What do ya know , hyperbole back pedaling



  8. recliner coach
    9:13 pm April 18, 2020 Permalink

    Since they are upping g league to a possible $500,000 contract will draw a lot of talent imo. If I was 18 and knew I wasn’t going to stay in college over 1 year think I would take the cash rather than going to classes that I care 0 about



  9. Newtype
    9:18 pm April 18, 2020 Permalink

    Come on down Emoni Bates.



  10. UKFaninCO
    12:59 am April 19, 2020 Permalink

    One and done is sheet.



  11. BigBluSoTru
    7:16 pm April 19, 2020 Permalink

    Everybody too include Cal buying that transfer rule will be beneficial to the Blue Bloods more than likely yes . However i am a person that beleives in karma and when we get these transfers from other teams because these players will think coming here we be their ticket to the nba . It will eventually backfire on us and other programs because best beleive their will be tampering and the coaches at the lesser schools will get pisssed every right to . And will start pointing fingers . Plus all that transfering will hamper alot of team chemistry . I just don’t think it’s going to be as great as some of you think.