What do Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, and Dwight Howard all have in common? They all came right out of high school into the NBA.
The rule has been changed, and now players are required to play at least one year of college basketball before entering the draft. Kansas basketball has recently been affected by this with the arrival of young stars Xavier Henry, Josh Selby, and now Andrew Wiggins.
In a recent interview, Wiggins was asked what his favorite thing about school is. His response was, “I would say just being able to enjoy my last year of school,” according to an ESPN press release. Head coach Bill Self knew Wiggins would be a one and done when he recruited him.
This brings me to my question of whether or not this rule should be in place. This rule is hurting college basketball, and makes absolutely no sense. In any other profession the world has to offer, if a high school kid is talented enough to handle the work load, are they required to go to college?
Although most times it is encouraged, it is not a requirement. If you’re good enough to get hired, you get the job.
Part of going to college as a fan is latching on to that freshman and rooting for him throughout his or her collegian career. The one and done rule is stripping the average fan of this opportunity. This is a free country, and adults should be able to make their own career choices. If someone thinks they can make it as an NBA player at that young of an age, then who is the NCAA to tell them they can’t?
That being said, there are a very select group of basketball players that are never good enough for the NBA, let alone at that young of an age. Allowing players to immediately enter the draft after high school is only going to help the NBA. For the players like Kobe and Lebron that are ready after high school, it allows them to live their dream for that much longer. The players that are not ready will not be playing anyway, so its a win-win situation. The players that chose college, and allow their game to progress, will find their way onto NBA rosters eventually.
Wiggins is one of those players that is ready for the NBA right now. I am glad he chose Kansas, but for the good of college basketball I would have much rather seen him in the NBA this year. The rule should be either choose college and stay for two years, or be able to enter the draft right out of high school.
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