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Draft limit to change to two and through?

Posted on: November 26, 2011 2:22 pm
Edited on: November 26, 2011 4:11 pm
Posted by Royce Young

We're all dancing around on the grave of the lockout but the reality is, it isn't over. Not only has the new deal not been voted on or ratified, it's not even completely finished.

While the big issues are settled like Basketball Related Income and major system structures, the so called "b-list" issues now have to be sorted out. Among those are drug testing, D-League assignments and the age limit.

Right now, the age limit is a player has to be one year removed from high school to be eligible for the NBA draft. But according to Newsday, that could change to two years.

However, Yahoo! Sports reports that "several" team executives believe it will remain one-and-done. Basically, this thing is still way up in the air at this point.

The current rule of one-and-done has been fairly criticized by both college coaches and NBA executives because it didn't entirely accomplish its goal. A lot of people feel not allowing players to go directly from high school to the NBA isn't fair, but that doesn't appear to be changing things.

At the same time, the criticism hasn't been all that strong. Front office types and executives seem to be mostly fine with the current structure of the rule. It definitely won't be a rule that the two sides will really battle over. Players would prefer it stays as is though.

The NFL's rule is a player has to be three years removed from his senior year of high school. The NBA is looking to bring more mature talent into the league that's ready to make an immediate impact.

As for how this change could affect this year's class, that's yet to be seen. If it takes immediate effect, players like Anthony Davis would be required to return to school another year. Which could greatly alter this year's seemingly stacked draft class.
Category: NBA

Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 12:46 pm

Draft limit to change to two and through?

No bitter at all my man.  I wouldnt change my college playing for anything.  Was just trying to make a point and might have went a little overboard. 

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2011 1:57 pm

Draft limit to change to two and through?

They should go the MLB route by allowing those to declare right out of high school and if they do not then they must put in three years in college before coming out. This way you weed out the ones who dont really want to go to school and you can spend time developing kids  who need the extra time to mature (physically and mentally).

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2011 12:43 pm

Draft limit to change to two and through?

I was thinking the same exact thing! Irving and Rivers would be unstoppable!!! I dont like thinking that Duke is going to be okay with one-and-done's.

Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2011 11:43 am

Draft limit to change to two and through?

Hell yeah do it immediately so Kyrie Irving can come back to Duke to partner with Austin Rivers.

Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2011 10:19 am

Draft limit to change to two and through?

to Jdallgood:  Boo Hoo.  Do you honestly think that atheletes are the only ones working hard; over every weekend, every holiday and summers?  You are just as blind as those you criticize if you think that even most non-collegate atheletes had it as easy as you think.  Coming from a very poor family, college was a great opportunity to change my futue.  Even with the help of Pell grants, I had to work full-time while going to school between 3/4 to full time.  My job required a lot of travel, so weekends and holidays were very much like yours; spent cramming to get caught up.  Summers were spent working extra hours and frequently taking one or two classes to try to keep on track.  Granted, I didn't spend my summers out in th 100 degree heat, but I can bet that your "job" was a lot more fun as a whole than mine was.  Don't get me wrong, I have no regrets.  I graduated with no student debt, and was blessed to continue throughout graduate school. 

Now, that being said, I do agree that college athletes do work hard for their keep, but by in large, it is no harder than what most of us have to go through...just different.

Since: Dec 2, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2011 8:27 am

Draft limit to change to two and through?

Jdall: you got two bad ankles, a bum knee, a bad back, and a "trick" shoulder?  Plus multiple concussions?  What the h**l did you do in college, professional speed bump?  Were you a IED tester?  I played safety for a big east school, started 3 years, and I don't have nearly those medical problems.  Plus while I personally agree that we worked hard for our scholarships, it was by choice and we had the option to drop out at any time-- as was made clear to me on more than one occasion.  I would not trade those years for anything.  You sound like a bitter old man at age 42. 

Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2011 7:28 am

Draft limit to change to two and through?

You can always spot you simple minds that did not play atletics at the college level.  I have heard this argument for years and debated it with some of you armchair Qb's but to no avail.  You will never understand the sacrifices we athletes have made for our universities and hiding behind "You get a free education" does not hold weight kensport.  Nothing is free.  So consider this buddy.  When you are sleeping, we are working 2x as hard as you.  When you are visiting your family over holiday breaks we are wathing film, lifting weights, practicing and getting caught up on the schoolwork we've missed when we were out representing the university.  When your sipping on a cold one with your buddies over the summer, we are out in 100 degree heat during 2-a days before school starts.  When you are going to the doctor to get your routine annual checkup later in life consider that I am 42 with two bad ankles a bumb knee and back a trick shoulder and lingering effects of multiple concussions during my time as a NCAA athlete.  So open up your flap again and tell me about the free education we get.

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2011 6:12 am

Draft limit to change to two and through?

You are sick. The kids get a $40,000/ year education to play their fun sport. All they have to do is ask for tutorial help and their it is. They eat well, see the country and sleep in a warm bed each night. They have summers off and learn to speak english and interact with educated individuals. A real tough life. Wake up and smell the roses.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2011 12:47 am

UNLV Smokes the Tarheels

Blah blah blah...all I know is that Shabazz Mohamed, the #1 recruit in the country, was sitting courtside as UNLV dismantled North Carolina!!  He'll be a Runnin' Rebel by this time next year!!  Dave Rice has brought the Rebels back to their glory years!  NCAA we come!!!

Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: November 27, 2011 11:10 pm

Draft limit to change to two and through?

How about the best of both worlds?  For those that feel they're ready straight out of high school or have no desire to go to college, let them declare for the draft and maybe make it or maybe not.  For the others, once you commit to college, you commit for at least either 2 or 3 years.  The NBA needs to do something similar to MLB.

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