HOW ONE-AND-DONE IS KILLING COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Devin Hampton; @dev_is_not_nice
Devin takes a look at just how the one-and-done rule is affecting play in college basketball
Due to this “one and done” trend college basketball has become a sort of training year for the top players before they enter the NBA. Before this rule was in effect, high school recruits that went to play college basketball could at the very least see themselves playing for the college of their choice for 3 years, and then deciding what is after college once college was over. Of course not all of these guys actually completed college before leaving to go to the NBA, but the bottom line is when these guys entered college their main focus was taking their college to a national championship; ambitions of being a professional athlete came second. Many of today’s top college basketball mindset entering college is much different. Their main focus is to raise their draft value. Colleges now have to sell themselves to recruits versus recruits selling their talents to the programs. Recruiting is no longer about putting a kid in a comfortable, learning environment where he will have a chance to win a National Championship, but instead it is about preparing you to be a better NBA player. With this loss of pride of representing your college through the game of basketball, it is not a surprise that it is almost impossible to get top players to stay in college over trying their chances at the professional game where they will also make money. These kids have lost all interest in playing in the competitive atmosphere of the NCAA, which is arguably more exciting than the NBA, but instead breeze through a year in college looking towards the many dollar signs the NBA has to offer.
I wish CBB players actually stayed in college and formed actual rivalries instead of media hyped ones. Like Jabari and Wiggins could be boys— Joshua Chapman (@NicePassKobe) November 11, 2013
How awesome would it to have seen LBJ in college? Or Rose return to Memphis after a heartbreaking loss? Or Anthony Davis and Nerlens Noel?— Joshua Chapman (@NicePassKobe) November 11, 2013
This has become a huge dilemma for the NCAA. Many of these athletes are black youth who come from lower class communities. You cannot blame them for wanting to get to the money, something many of them have never really had, as quick as possible. The NCAA has to make the tough decision on how to approach this rule as it continues to hurt the world of college basketball.