One-and-done has become the way of life for College Basketball. Playing one year of College Basketball try to win a National Title and then enter the NBA Draft. It has been the norm since the NBA requires their talented rookies to be at least 19 years of age. When there was no age limit they were College ballplayers still going to college. I say either the NBA come up with the rule somewhat like the NFL which almost guarantees players will be developed or remove the age limit. You may see more College Basketball dynasties like the UCLAs of the past when the NBA decide to make players eligible after two years.
The NFL has a rule that states you have to be three years out of high school before a player eligible to enter the NFL draft. I am not sure if there are too many football players are actually ready to play in the NFL straight out of high school; therefore, the rule works for the NFL. The College Football game is not hurt because players are staying put for three years. However, Basketball has a few high school basketball players who could make the successful leap from high school to the pros. Therefore, the select few guys somewhat influences me to say, the NBA should establish an eligibility rule of at least two years or eliminate it all together. When the NBA allowed high school players to enter the NBA Draft, you still had players staying in scholl and it kept most College Basketball programs strong.
I am all for education; however, if you only going to school to play ball and showcase your talent then players who plan to make the jump from high school to the pros should be allowed. This will ensure roster spots are kept open to players who wants an education and to play basketball in college.
The one-and-done will almost ensure you will never see highly-talented senior that everyone looked forward to watching them play in the NBA. By having a player stay in college for more than a year, it would greatly help most College Basketball programs by having the continuity needed to create great runs of College Programs that were seen in the past. NBA must do what best for their business and brand; therefore, the age limit ensured they was getting a better developed player in the league than the few high school players who were unsuccessful in their attempt to jump to the Association straight out of high school.
Ballers will ball, and it is really up to the NBA to make some changes which will drive how College Basketball will continue to be seen. If the NBA make changes to their eligibility rules and make it longer than two years, then you will see a few high school players take the route of Milwaukee Bucks’ Brandon Jennings. Jennings played basketball internationally instead of playing college basketball. College such as Kentucky seem to have mastered having players play for one year then exit for the NBA Draft. For some colleges, they need players to stay at least two years because they are not fortunate to recruit like a Kentucky or a North Carolina.
The NBA should change the rule to at least two years. It will help the College Basketball game and you may see fewer bust from players who are not ready for the NBA after one year of College Basketball.