The one and done rule in college basketball is one of the most talked about issues in sports right now. Obviously, it is NCAA tournament time and a hot-button topic. A lot of people have voiced displeasure in the rule and think it needs to change. 

You see, a lot of people believe it’s bad for the sport. The idea of a kid going to school for one year and then bolting to the NBA is a concept that turns off a lot of fans. But what’s the proper fix?


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Everyone seems to have an opinion on it right now. Everyone seems to have a solution. Should the rule simply be eliminated and we go back to letting kids into the league out of high school? Should there be a 3-year limit you have to stay in college if you commit? What’s the proper solution?

Speculation is flowing that the rule will ultimately be changed in some fashion.

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported Monday that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is working on a plan that would have the NBA become involved in the development of elite prospects at the high school level in an effort to provide avenues besides entering into college for one season.

Meanwhile, every person in sports seems to have their own fix for the rule. And of course, Steve Kerr weighed in, as he seemingly does on every single issue in the world, sports or otherwise. Here is what he said about the rule:

“One of the things the NCAA needs to look at is, if a kid signs with an agent and he doesn’t get drafted, welcome him back. Why not? What’s the harm? We talk about amateurism and all this stuff, but if you’re truly trying to do what’s right for the kid, and the kid declares for the draft and doesn’t get drafted, you know what? Welcome him back. Do something good for the kids.”


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I think Kerr is right to an extent. I don’t know if this would really fix anything, but he’s right that if a kid doesn’t get drafted, he should be allowed to come back. But who is this really affecting? The fringe underclassmen who want to leave? There aren’t many underclassmen leaving college unless they are a projected first round pick. Therefore, I don’t know how many kids would truly benefit from Kerr’s change.

Here’s what I would do, it’s very simple. If a kid is good enough to go to the NBA right out of high school, LET HIM! We live in a capitalistic society. If a kid wants to take a risk and jump to the NBA right out of high school, he should be allowed to do so. After all, there are only a select number of kids every single year who can even consider doing this. We are creating all sorts of stories and outrage over a handful of kids.

If you are good enough to go to the NBA, go ahead. If you want to go to college and play, go ahead. This way you will limit the true “one and dones” who have a mindset from day one of going to college for one year and leaving. Instead, they will just jump from high school, and those who go to college will generally be staying for more than one year. I think this would make a lot of sense. Let’s stop limiting what these athletes are and are not able to do. It is their right and their choice!

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