NBA Draft Approaches, One and Done Discussion Continues

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With the NBA Draft being held tonight, the issue of the “one and-done” college basketball player is once again in focus.  Marc Isenberg, publisher of the blog Money Players, has written frequently written on this topic.  Here’s an excerpt from his latest post:

On one hand, it is absurd to get completely bent out of shape over a just a few players. On the other, “one and done” brings to light many of college basketball’s dirty secrets. To namejust a few: unscrupulous agents, shady coaches, academic shananigans, AAU “non-profits” funded by agents, financial advisers and, oh yes, boosters (Say it ain’t so!).Many would love to see the NBA create a system similar to MLB, where players can go pro right out of high school, but if they choose college, they are not eligible NBA draft for three years. But, college basketball is no longer the only route to the NBA, so further restrictions could drive more American players overseas.

Click here to read Isenberg’s post in its entirety.  For my take on the one and done trend, see the following articles, previously posted on Connecticut Sports Law:

One and Done: The Effect of the Business Decision on NCAA Basketball

One and Done: O.J. Mayo and Amateurism in NCAA Basketball

Also, see ESPN’s Outside the Lines piece on the one and done.

Comments

  1. Flutie Magic says:

    I think the real issue shouldn’t be the “one and done” players, they usually land in the NBA. The focus should be on the graduation rates of some of these colleges that allow these kids to play for four years without graduating. There has to be a stronger focus on actually graduating form college if these kids are going to go to school full time and be allowed to play basketball.

    It is only hurting the players if after four years they come out of college with no degree. Granted some go off to Europe and make a nice living for themselves, but there are still those who leave college after playing four years of basketball and return home with nothing to show for it.

  2. Dan Fitzgerald says:

    Great point. A while back I wrote “amateurism is dead – but only for a very small percentage of schools and very few athletes, who are passing through college to prepare for a career in professional football or basketball.” Maybe the NCAA and commentators should spend more time trying to fix the system for the majority of players, who will not play in one of the major US professional leagues.

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