Eddie MehmetajMatthew St. CroixSports Management12 December 2017Shouldthe NCAA get rid of the one and done rule? The National Basketball Association and the NationalCollege Athletic Association came to an agreement to make the one and done ruleand put it into effect in 2005.
The one and done rule in basketball means thata player would no longer be able to be drafted out of high school and wouldneed at least on year out of high school and one has to be 19 as well. Thisangered many people and athletes that were on their way to the NBA. Many peoplebelieve that the rule was good for the athletes since it supplies the youngadults with some college experience and other hated the new rule as it held theathletes back from reaching their goal and making millions.
The idea of the rule is that the NBA wants older and moredeveloped athletes coming into the league. College basketball benefits fromseeing these players in college too as big name players draw in tons of fansand it helps the college generate more revenue with such big crowds. This ruleis pointless and should be reconsidered and removed because it nothing but abarrier between the player and their goal. People argue that it’s good for theathlete to have college experience and learn however if you are a one and doneathlete that one year of education is not really helpful to them since theywouldn’t be using anything in their dream job of playing in the NBA. ThePhiladelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons who played at LSU was one who greatlydisagreed with this rule and expressed his feeling with it. An athlete like BenSimmons was only required to finish one year before going number one in the2016 NBA Draft.
In Division 1 basketball a freshman athlete is only required topass the first semester with the bare minimum to become eligible for the wholeseason, Ben Simmons took that to his advantage by passing the first semesterwith just over a 2.0 GPA. In the following semester Ben was aware that he waseligible for the whole year and he simply didn’t attend any of his classes inthat next semester. When questioned he stated “I’m only here to playbasketball, nothing else. As a kid I always had dreams of playing in the NBA,not college, this rule is just holding me back”.
So the argument of collegeeducation being key to the athletes is invalid for athletes like Ben Simmonswho are aware of their worth and will get to it with the least work thatdoesn’t include basketball possible. The whole year that these athletes spendin college they could be making money, and as Coach Cal of Kentucky stated”You’re never aware of the athlete’s life and family problems. That one year ofmoney they make can help them and their families out so much”. This one anddone rule is the last barrier for athletes that are going to the NBA andanother point that people bring up for this rule is, what if the player getshurt during their college year there? Than their draft stock drops and it mayeven be a career ending injury which now prevents these kids from reaching thedream that they’ve been working for since they were kids. The one and done ruleshould be eliminated.
This rule that the NBA and the NCAA have made and putinto effect has too many flaws and risks that can actually hurt the athlete inthe long run. Problems from academic work to physical injuries hold backplayers that may not help them to reach the next level and their highestpotential. Ben Simmons was an athlete that took a stand against this and hassolidified a very interesting point. He was able to find a loop hole thatallowed him not to attend classes and do the work but still be eligible.
Eventhough in bought a lot of controversy towards him, he stood strong on hisactions and believed that he did nothing wrong. All that the one and done ruledoes to an athlete is hurt them and prevent them from reaching their lifelongdream that they have worked for.