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One and Done rule needs to be over

Javi Mercado, Staff Photographer

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With the National Basketball Association considering new ways to get more involved with high school basketball players, there can potentially be a removing of the “One-and-Done” rule.

The “One-and-Done” rule is where a athlete must go through a college before declaring for the NBA if under the age of 19. Abolishing this rule would mean no high school prospect would have go through the traditional path to the NBA. Eligibility for the NBA is usually determined by potential athletes being at least one calendar year away from graduating high school, or having at least two semesters of college experience.

With recent scandals involving big Division 1 programs paying top NBA hopefuls to attend the certain school, there is all the more reason to take out the “One-and-Done” rule. With having no rule to hold these schools back they can search further out into their local areas giving kids a chance to develop and giving those kids the useful scholarships.

This brings up another question.  Would taking out the future NBA stars from national TV make the NCAA suffer? With further speculation it appears this is not the case. This would only make the NCAA more likeable. The average Division 1 fan base consists of mostly students and alumni, because they want to cheer for and support young student athletes who plan on staying for the long haul. College basketball is the best place to develop and turn into a star athlete.

But for those already “star” athletes coming out of high school, this could either help or effect them negatively. This is why the NBA should take out the rule, giving these young athletes a chance to get onto a NBA roster and prove themselves worthy of getting a contract so they can support their loved ones.

There are multiple paths the NBA can go down. In other words the possibilities are through the roof. for example, they can expand the G-league, which is already expanding to 27 teams after a Washington Wizards affiliate begins to participate.

If taking out this rule doesn’t hurt the NCAA, helps bandage the affected programs of recent accusations and benefits top high school prospects, why not just follow through and get rid of the rule that has brought so much controversy and troubles to everyone affected? We have seen players get held back from the program that they have chosen, either because the player didn’t get comfortable in the scheme or the chemistry didn’t develop; there is usually a reason for the fall back.

“The NCAA is really (expletive) up. Everybody’s making money except the players,” said  Former No.1 overall pick and Sixers rookie small forward Ben Simmons said in a documentary exposing the NCAA and the “One-and-Done” rule. He went on and called the NCAA “a dirty business.”

The NCAA doesn’t deserve these promising young athletes who often come from tragic backgrounds and broken homes. These players don’t get any sort of return for their performance, which brings in a large amount of revenue for TV companies and other organizations’ tournament in March. This is wrong and unfair to those that worked their entire lives to become the athlete they are.

The NBA should look into the students that have these tragic lives, where basketball is their only way out. Not every family has the same financial structure to send their kids off to college without any worry. These kids need to be rewarded for their hard work and dedication to the game of basketball.


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One and Done rule needs to be over