A year ago i had this brilliant idea, about how to resolve the college 1 and done rule, and I would like to revisit that again this year. Every year around NBA draft time or when the NBA's CBA is up for re-negotiation there is always talk about the NBA's stance on when players can be eligible to enter the draft. As it stands right now, a player must attend college for 1 year before entering the draft; and or be 18 or older and 1 year removed from his graduating high school class. In my opinion this really does not benefit any of the parties involved
KOBE "BEAN" BRYANT IN HIS ROOKIER YEAR, ONE OF THE FIRST TO SUCCESSFULLY MAKE THE JUMP FROM HIGH SCHOOL TO PRO
* If you're the student athlete you don't get to make the jump to go pro and earn guaranteed money early even though in just about every other sport this option is available to you with the exception of football.
* You miss out on a chance to play with some of the best players in the world and get early pro basketball experience.
* You're risking getting hurt and potentially ending the chance to take advantage of an opportunity of a lifetime.
* Lastly you will have to endure "dorm life" for a year, ok this is not so bad, when I was in school I loved this experience...but it is not for everyone.
Kyrietechnically a 1 and done guy, but he played only 11 college games before making the jump but he was ready for the league none the less
* Potentially may lose out on a game changing talent due to injury.
* Clubs lose a year to develop a young guy in the fashion more accustomed to their team's style of play. (Some team may prefer that take year at a college program to develop)
* If you are not a contending title team you basically waste a scholarship for a year, though you may reap benefits financially.
* The college programs will be hurt in the long run, team chemistry and player development is lost if guys are only there for a year. (No real program building)
* will continue to have players and programs slapped with penalties for players receiving extra benefits or taking money from boosters. (More likely to take a risk if they know they will only be there for a year anyway)
* I'm pretty sure more arguments can be made for each of these sides, but i am not a wise guy who claims to know everything so use your imagination and fill in anything i may have left out.
So the players pretty much suffer the most from the current way things are setup, and they are the leading source for both the NBA and NCAA for making money. So here is what i think the NBA can do to help out, all those involved. I am going to call it the...
INVITATION ONLY CLAUSE
FIRST THINGS FIRST:
Make it a mandatory 2 years that kids have to attend college, or 2 years removed from their high school graduating class to be eligible to enter the draft ..., but here is the caveat.
The 2 years are only mandatory by those student athletes who are not invited after their senior year in high school or first year of college to enter the NBA draft.
Here is how it would work; after a player completes high school...you know walk across the stage grab the diploma, smile, take pics...etc. If he is considered a 5 star guy and has NBA potential he can get invited to enter the NBA draft.
NOO THIS IS NOT A BEFORE AND AFTER OF CHRIS "BIRDMAN" ANDERSON, BUT THIS IS ROBERT SWIFT, A KID WHO ENTERED THE DRAFT RIGHT AFTER HIS SENIOR SEASON IN HIGH SCHOOL. HE DIDN'T PAN OUT, HE PROBABLY HAS MORE TATTOO'S THAN POINTS IN THE NBA
The NBA would setup a committee of, scouts, recruiters, board members whatever you want to call them to watch and keep track of, monitor, and evaluate the nation's top preps and freshman basketball players. At the end of their perspective seasons the committee will get together and determine who is ready for the NBA: physically, mentally, emotionally, athletically, and from a potential stand point. These invitations will also have team demand taken into consideration, NBA team scouts will also submit their input on which kids they think are capable of making the jump or who their teams have high interest in.
DAJUN WAGNER WAS SUPPOSE TO BE THE CAVS SAVIOR AND THE SECOND COMING OF ALLEN IVERSON BEFORE LEBRON CAME ALONG, HE WAS A ONE AND DONE GUY OUT OF MEMPHIS BUT HEALTH PROBLEMS ENDED HIS CAREER EARLY
There will be a standard cap or limit of invitations that can be given for each level.
High school players will get 5-7 invitations for straight to the league guys and in rare circumstance 1-2 d-league draft invitations.
*the d-league invites will be good for guys who may have all the talent in the world but just can't make the grades to get a d1 scholarship, or a guy who is beyond the college level but maybe a hair short of the NBA level.
College freshmen will get 5-7 invitations for those players who are one and done guys, as well as the 5 invitations for d-league only.
The 5 players, 7 if you count the potential high school selections can be called up at any time, and NBA teams can claim these players right when they are drafted. If a team does claim one of these guys then that team is responsible for their salary, this salary will not be counted towards their cap until they are called up.
This setup will prevent a flood of young guys entering the draft prematurely when they are not ready. Which i think when straight of high school to the NBA was an option was really watering down the league with undeveloped talent, and sometimes a waste of bench space...just keeping it real.
I believe the group should be start off as a pool of 20 or so guys and eventually narrowed down to the 10 or 12 guys total who will be invited to the d-league or NBA. During this process of evaluation these players and families if it is a high school athlete will be interviewed, just as if they were applying for a job. Invitations can be lost or won during that process, pending how they do during their interviews.
i don't think that those among the committee should do the interviews, but various VIP's of the league. The likes of: Adam silver, Stu Jackson, Billy hunter, owners, GM's...etc. After a first interview there will be a second interview with the commissioner.
THESE GUYS NEED NO INTRODUCTION, LEBRON THE MOST ANTICIPATED PLAYER TO ENTER THE NBA, IN NBA HISTORY, FROM HIGH SCHOOL OR COLLEGE MADE AN IMPACT RIGHT AWAY AND IS CONSIDERED TO BE THE BEST IN THE GAME. MELO IN ONE YEAR WON A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AT SYRACUSE AND IS NOW ONE OF THE BEST SCORERS IN THE LEAGUE.
I think those among the committee should remain anonymous to avoid being harassed. We don't want David's "momma and them" hassling members of the committee to get their kid an invitation. Their identity should only be known by a selected few.
This idea would be even more possible if at the college levels some sort of pay or stipend is given to student athletes,as my home state is in the process of trying to get such LEGISLATION PASSED, AFTER THE INFAMOUS "TATTOO GATE" went down. It's probably a long shot something like this happens, after all this is just the opinion of an average guy from the couch!