Collegiate Level And Entering The Nba Draft

1370 Words Nov 23rd, 2015 6 Pages
In the summer of 2006, the NBA instituted the “one-and-done” rule prohibiting high school graduated from bypassing the collegiate level and entering the NBA Draft. To be more specific, this rule states that high school graduates will gain eligibility for the draft, one year after their high school graduation as long as they turn 19 years old by the end of the calendar year. This means players are not constricted to going to the collegiate level, but may choose to player overseas for a year while they wait for their NBA draft eligibility. The NBA claims this rule helps athletes gain maturity, further their education, while rather this rule was put into place as a way to help the NCAA increase profit and competition.

The argument for instituting the “one-and-done” rule was to provide players with the ability to become more mature and develop rather than these players making the monumental jump from a small town directly to being the hottest commodity in town. The NBA argued that this would make more mature players and provide them a better ability to handle the pressures that come with being a celebrity. However, from 2002-2005, there was only one more disappointment or bust compared to 2006-2009 after the league instituted the one-and-done rule. According to Tom Ziller of SB Nation “"Under the age minimum, you 'd expect fewer busts in the top 10—those tempting high school kids are out of the equation. But GMs have still found a way to mess a good thing up." This demonstrates…
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