BY: John Mamola
The biggest debate in college basketball is whether or not the one-and-done player is helping or hurting the sport of college basketball. Currently the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement stipulates that players must have been out of high school for one year and 19 years old before they can enter the NBA. Now there is talk of raising the minimum years of eligibility to two.
New NBA commissioner Adam Silver is on record as saying he would like the requirements to be increased to two years out of high school and 20 years old.
If it were up to Florida Head Coach Billy Donovan, he’d do away with the rule all together. Donovan telling the Orlando Sentinel:
“College basketball coaches and programs are taking on all the risks," Donovan says. "The kid doesn't want to be in college and wants to be in the NBA, but because of the rules, he has to stay in college. Now you're opening yourself up for potential NCAA violations. … You've got players like Jabari Parker [Duke] or Julius Randle [Kentucky], and there is so much coming at these kids. If a kid takes something he's not supposed to take or he is enticed into something, it's the colleges that are put in harm's way."
"It's colleges that have to handle situations like this and what comes with it," Donovan says of the inducements being offered to big-time NBA prospects. "And what comes with it is a lot of enticement, a lot of agent involvement, a lot of people hovering around and a lot of people trying to get their hooks into the kid. And then if the kid makes a mistake or doesn't do the right thing, all of the sudden it falls on the institution. That's not right when the kid should have never been in college in the first place and should already have been in the NBA.”