Is 'one-and-done' good for college basketball? | The Tylt
Every year, a massive exodus of freshmen are leaving college basketball after one year to the NBA. Some players look at college as a one-year annoyance, and allowing prospects to enter the NBA directly from high school would benefit colleges who wouldn't have to deal with the headache of an unengaged player. Still, the rule gives players a chance to develop before playing in the NBA, and the sport has benefitted from the star power. What do you think? 🏀
Is 'one-and-done' good for college basketball?
The one-and-done experiment is over. It is a complete failure. Athletes should be allowed to jump from high school to the NBA so they can immediately provide for their families, instead of languishing at a level they don't want to be. Here's Bleacher Report writer Grant Hughes with more:
It's bad enough that some of these players have to watch their families struggle financially for a year while they serve time at a college program they'd rather have skipped in the first place. But it's even worse when catastrophic injuries derail NBA dreams altogether.
Most recently, Kentucky's Nerlens Noel lost his status as a likely No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft after suffering a torn ACL in his one-year cameo at the University of Kentucky. It's hard to know where Noel would have gone in the 2012 draft had he been eligible, but the point is that he was forced to undertake the risk of playing collegiately for a year and he suffered because of it.
Rare is the athlete who can come right out of high school and is ready to play in the NBA. Most high school players don't have the physical or mental maturity to cope with the travel and the physical demands of an NBA schedule. They need one or even two years in college to get prepared for the league whether they like it or not. Cameron Salce of the Daily Aztec explains:
The rule is not only good for college basketball fans, because it adds entertainment to the college game by making the best players go to college for at least one season, but it is also good for the players because it gives them an extra year of experience on their road to the NBA.
If the one-and-one rule wasn’t in place, most of those No. 1 picks over the last several years would’ve gone to the NBA straight out of high school. If they had never gone to their respective schools, college basketball wouldn’t have been as exciting as it has been the past decade.
Detractors say that these kids aren't mature enough to be on their own and that an extra year in school helps. However, the NBA offers financial seminars that guide their rookies through finances, and making the right decisions with their money. They don't have an incentive to learn in college when they already know they’re going into the league. The NBA could help them more straight out of high school in that regard than one year in college can.
For every LeBron James or Kobe Bryant, there are a dozen Robert Swifts or Jonathon Benders. The shining examples of prep-to-pro stars are built on a graveyard of busts that could not handle what the league demanded.
A year in college to build that work ethic and develop their bodies certainly couldn’t hurt NBA prospects. Going to college gives them a head start in developing their game for the NBA.