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One and Done
Transcript of One and Done
Pros and Cons
Adam Silver on "One and Done"
One and DONE
Drafted 1st round 13th pick by the Charlotte Hornets in 1996 straight out of high school didn't attend college.
1x MVP 5x NBA Champion 2x Finals MVP
4x All-Star MVP 11x 1st team NBA
11x NBA All defensive player
Monday, December 15, 2014
Vol XCIII, No. 311
Prep to Pros
Drafted 1st round 1st pick by the Cleveland cavaliers straight out of high school did not attend college.
4x MVP 2X NBA Champion 2x Finals MVP
1x Rookie of the Year 7x 1st team NBA
5X NBA All Defensive 1st team 2x All Star MVP
One and Done
In 2005, the season before the 2006 NBA draft, the NBA instituted the age limit requiring players to be 19 and a year out of high school to enter the NBA draft.(NBA.com)
The first player to be drafted out of high school directly into professional basketball (in this case, the ABA) was Reggie Harding in 1962. It appears that he did not even play for the team that drafted him and he re-entered the draft in 1963.(Hilton)
It wasn’t until 1995 that high school players started entering the draft directly after graduation. Kevin Garnett started the trend that year and it continued each year until the NBA and its players union agreed to ban the practice.(Hilton)
It gives kids more time to develop both physically and mentally for the hardships of being a pro athlete. (Hilton)
The NBA does not provide monetary security if a player suffers a career-ending injury or if their career fails to take off. A college degree provides athletes who either are unable to continue playing or want to move on with more opportunities to find a good job and support themselves. (Rosenfield)
Imposing this rule wastes scholarships on players who go the route of “one-and-done” as opposed to a guy who, while not as talented, actually wants to benefit from receiving an education while also playing basketball. (Faye)
By going straight to the pros, players can get started in the salary-cap system right away. The quicker you get to the league, the quicker you get out of your first contract -- which is automatic for first-rounders, based on draft position -- and into the second, big-money contract. If a super-talented high school player goes to college, he's missing out on four years of being paid to learn how to play professional basketball. (Carter)
Most people don't realize the amount of teaching these kids receive in the NBA before and after practice. In college there are time restraints on how long a player can be in the gym. In the pros there are no limitations, and these kids are practicing and playing with the best players in the world. (Carter)
Writer's Take on
One and Done
What is One and Done ?
Top high school basketball players go to Division I Colleges and universities for one year to become eligible for the NBA Draft.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and predecessor David Stern have long spoken about the desire to increase the limit to 20. Silver said a he wants the NCAA to be part of the final decision, so much so that NCAA President Mark Emmert was invited to discuss his involvement with owners. (NBA.com)
"One thing that we also agree on is that historically what you've heard is that the age issue is one that needs to be negotiated almost in isolation between the NBA and its union. What Dr. Emmert and I agree on is that the NCAA needs to have a seat at the table, as well, for those discussions." Silver added, "that if we are going to be successful in raising the age from 19 to 20, part and parcel of those negotiations go to the treatment of those players on college campuses, that closing the gap between what their scholarships cover and their other incidental expenses, having a longer discussion about eligibility periods so they can make the best decisions for them and their families if they do decide to come out early." (NBA.com)
As a reporter my opinion on the "One-and-Done" rule is always consistant. Yes, I do agree High School athletes should not be allowed to enter the NBA draft. They should be encouraged to take the smart route and go to college then the NBA. But to ensure that the NCAA does not waste scholarships and time spent recruitig on players who go the route of “One-and-Done” as opposed to a guy who, while not as talented, actually wants to benefit from receiving an education while also getting physically and mentally prepared to play basketball at the professional level, the NBA should raise the age limit to not just 19 or 20: 21 and THREE years out of high school. These players have waited their whole lives to play pro ball, three years of college won't kill them.
(NBA.com "Silver, owners discuss changes to NBA age limit, other rules")
Sucess Sotries and Failures
Ellis Richardson (1998) - Not selected
DeAngelo Collins (2002) - Not selected
Lenny Cooke (2002) - Not selected
All entered draft out of high school without attending college.
Korleone Young had a chance to be the next prep-to-pro NBA success story, like KG, Kobe, and T-Mac before him. But his NBA career lasted all of 15 minutes. Today, struggling and living in Kansas, he's trying to put his life back together.
Drafted 40th overall by the Detroit Pistons (1998). Played in 3 games before turning 20.
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