On Wednesday, the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association reached a tentative seven-year deal on a new collective bargaining agreement.
As a part of the new deal, the one-and-done rule — which allows U.S. players to declare for the NBA Draft after completing a year of college or have been out of high school for a year — remained in place. The entry age also remains at 19. The NBA wanted to increase increase the age limit to 20.
The obvious question is: What do probable one-and-players in the 2017 class think about the rule staying in place?
We caught up with a few of them to find out.
Michael Porter Jr., Nathan Hale (Seattle), SF
My thoughts on the CBA keeping the one-and-done rule are: “Me personally, I think that if you’re ready to go out of high school you, should be able to go. If you’re going for one year it’s definitely not because of the academics so it doesn’t make sense to me. I’m happy that they at least kept the one-and-done rule, though.
I’m hoping to be in position to be one-and-done, Lord-willing. My issue with the one-and-done rule is that I think it hurts the programs and players because after one year they’ve gotta reload. Then with the players, you risk injury and things like that. It just doesn’t make sense and that’s not the case in other sports, but, at least they didn’t increase it.”
Gary Trent Jr., Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.), SG
My thoughts on the CBA keeping the one-and-done rule are: “I’m happy they kept the one-and-done rule, and I hope they don’t change the rule ever again! Yes, I think that basketball players should be able to go to the NBA after high school if they are ready for everything that comes with that life. For example, Ben Simmons talked about it in his documentary ‘One and Done’ and how he felt about college and why he went to college. Everybody knew, including him, that he was going to the NBA.”
Wendell Carter Jr., Pace Academy (Atlanta), PF
My thoughts on the CBA keeping the one-and-done rule are: “I think that was a good idea to keep the age limit where it’s at. I definitely think that there are some guys that can handle that jump straight from high school, but I don’t want it to get to a point where a bunch of guys that aren’t ready are jumping to the league.
I think two years would’ve been too much because there are only so many spots in the draft then you’ve got free agency and guys coming from the D-League. The one-and-done rule is good. You can go develop in college and get ready for your pro career and, if things don’t work out, you can always go back to college and get your degree. I think it’s the perfect scenario.”
Trevon Duval, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), PG
My thoughts on the CBA keeping the one-and-done rule are: “I’m happy they kept the rule. I don’t see why they would try and make players wait another year. If you’re ready, I don’t get why they’d want to keep you in college another year. I don’t think that they should’ve changed it back to the old way where you could go straight out of high school. I like that they make guys go and experience college.
“Plus, I think if they had it that way now, too many guys would declare. Social media plays a big part because now players have mixtapes, thousands of followers and all that stuff and it makes them think they’re All Stars. It would be bad.”
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