One-And-Done Dilemna

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College basketball is one of the most enduringly entertaining sports events to watch, but there is one major problem going on in NCAA Basketball; one-and-dones. I believe that my solution is the best fit for both the NCAA and the NBA.

Submitted: March 18, 2014

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One-And-Done Dilemma

 

For the last half decade, there has been a controversial topic come up between fans and officials of both the NCAA and the NBA; how to deal with one-and-dones. A one-and-done is a player who goes to college and plays for only one year, which is the minimum requirement for a player to be able to enter the NBA. This is detrimental to the game of both leagues. The NCAA problems include a lack of scholarships and having players in their league that have no desire to be there. The NBA has problems with the multiple transitions in too short of a time (in regards to moving from three leagues, coaches, etc. in three years time) and having to wait on possible stars for a longer time.

 

In the NCAA, one-and-dones are ridiculously bad for most programs. In the NCAA guidelines, a school is only allowed to hand out so many athletic scholarships in a period of time. To recruit the best players, a scholarship is almost always on the bargaining table. When a player comes to town and they put up good numbers for the ball team, they might have intended to stay all 4 years and finish their education, but whenever you have millions of dollars dangling inches from your face, it’s hard not to leave the team for the NBA. For the ones that do leave, they are leaving the team without one of their best players, and with one less scholarship. Unless your Kentucky and can rell in almost any top prospect every year, then its usually pretty catastrophic for your program.

 

A problem for the NBA is that coaches have a harder time coaching the players who have ran through multiple coaches and programs in a short amount of time. Many of these players have had a lot of different coaches recently, and they may have needed different things out of that player. A coach in college might have wanted the player to score, while the NBA coach might already have a proven scorer, and would rather have him take the back seat role on the team. Its hard to erase a previous coaches mark on a player, especially when they have been moved around so often.

 

Another problem for the NBA is that many of these players don’t really have a sense of team pride, because they have moved so often through ought their basketball career, from high school to college and then to the NBA in a short time. They may even have gotten used to the constant moving, which would make it difficult for an organization to keep said player on their team.

 

A different problem for the NBA in regard doing away with the current restrictions on age and amount of time out of high school is that the NCAA is a sort of buffer for the NBA. They get one more year to see what a player can do against players closer to their skill levels, which is hard to do in high school. In high school, the competition is generally not as high as college, because only the best high school players make it to college. Even if you do manage to set up two top High school prospects to play against one another, they are generally spread apart the nation far and wide, which would make any scouting reports on the players a little inaccurate because the players had to travel to play.

 

The solution, in my opinion, is to have the NBA do away with the requirement to be one year out of high school to enter the league, while the NCAA to set a rule that has players stay at least two years in college before being able to enter the NBA Draft. This takes out the players who don’t want to be in college playing ball and earning an education, while saving the NCAA money and scholarships as well. IT takes away the 3 coaches and programs in three years for the NBA organizations, while also letting them get the best players earlier then they would have in the other set of rules. Granted that the organizations of the NBA would be taking a small gamble on players straight out of high school, they would just have to do better scouting on their part to fing if they are worth a draft pick.

 

In conclusion, I believe that it would be beneficial to each of the leagues to get together and find a way to do away with the age limit of the NBA and set up a different guideline for the NCAA, one regarding staying in college and playing ball. It might not even be a bad idea for the NCAA to give the NBA a stipend to get the ball moving because the NBA has more to lose in this agreement, in regards to the teams having to gamble a little bit more on their picks in the draft.


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