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NBA's One-and-Done Rule Barring High Schoolers to Foul Out?

NBA's One-and-Done Rule Barring High Schoolers to Foul Out?

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver (Elsa/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 11 July 2018 07:36 AM

The NBA's controversial "one-and-done" rule that bars high school basketball players from entering the league's draft for one year seems ready to foul out. The rule has been blamed for "corrupting and destabilizing college basketball." 

CBS Sports reported that nine of the first 11 players picked in last month's NBA draft were players who spent just one year in college.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said interviews on Tuesday that he believes the league is "ready to make that change," allowing those players the ability to go straight to the NBA, USA Today reported.

"It won't come immediately, but…when I weighed the pros and cons – (and) given that (former Secretary of State) Condoleezza Rice and her (NCAA) commission has recommended to the NBA that those one-and-done players now come directly into the league and, in essence, the college community is saying 'We do not want those players anymore,' I mean that sort of tips the scale in my mind that we should be taking a serious look at lowering our age to 18."

Rice's Commission on College Basketball blamed the NBA's one-and-one rule in April for playing "a significant role in corrupting and destabilizing college basketball, restricting the freedom of choice of players, and undermining the relationship of college basketball to the mission of higher education," ESPN reported.

USA Today said Silver met with National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts in November after an FBI investigation into college basketball sparked the Rice commission.

The Washington Post reported on Twitter that Roberts suggested that something regarding the one-and-done rule could happen within "the next few months."

Silver said that the topic also came up at the owners' meeting in Las Vegas, USA Today said.

"We did discuss that, both with the labor relations committee and with the board, and…the sense was we should be engaging with the Players Association on the minimum age to come into the NBA, and we presented the pros and cons of going from 19 to 18, in conjunction with that presentation we discussed a lot about the development of younger players prior to them coming into the professional ranks,” Silver said.

"We've had several discussions with both the NCAA and USA Basketball about engaging with them, with players, beginning roughly at 14 years old, and especially with those elite players (who) we know statistically have a high likelihood, when they're identified at that age, of being top tier players, of coming into the league. So I think the next step will be to sit down with the Players Association."

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The NBA's controversial "one-and-done" rule that bars high school basketball players from entering the league's draft for one year seems ready to foul out. The rule has been blamed for "corrupting and destabilizing college basketball." 
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