The NBA’s one-and-done rule has been a contentious point recently, and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is thinking about a change. Check out his recent interview with Colin Cowherd.
Here’s the important part:
I’m rethinking our position,” Silver said of his stance on the one-and-done rule. “So our historical position since we raised the age from 18 to 19 was that we want to go from 19 to 20, and the Union’s position is that they want to go from 19 to 18.”
“In the last round of collective bargaining, Michele Roberts and I both agreed let’s get through these core economic issues in terms of renewing the collective bargaining agreement and then turn back to this age issue, because it’s one that I think we need to be more thoughtful on and not just be in an adversarial position under the bright lights of collective bargaining.”
As a Sea of Blue noted, the proposed change is really going to impact programs like Kentucky, Duke and Arizona that have embraced the get-in-get-out philosphy that this rule supports. But that doesn’t mean everybody else is immune to change.
An outright abolition of the rule might end of hurting Jay Wright’s recruiting effort at Villanova. Allowing players to go directly from high school to the NBA would likely mean a big chunk of the 5-star players decide to head directly to the NBA, moving the blue blood programs further down the Top-100 list into Villanova’s comfort zone.
On the other hand, a two-and-through rule might actually help Villanova and other schools that sell campus life, academics and other non-basketball factors. Extending a prospect’s time on campus will probably translate to a deeper evaluation of college life and everything else outside of basketball.
This is definitely something to keep an eye on as it appears at the forefront of the NBA and the Union’s agenda.