Perhaps we're just one step closer to an end of the one-and-done trend
February's bombshell report
Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari is one of the top voices for this change, and he recently met with the NBPA to discuss a plan involving a two-year high school combine, which can help determine the athletes who are physically ready and prepared talent-wise to skip the collegiate level.
Calipari told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (h/t ESPN) that "the players and the families need to know. Here are the ones who should be thinking about the NBA and here are the ones who should not. That's why you need a combine."
There was also the suggestion that top-recruited high schoolers work with agents who can help gauge their readiness, and for those that can at least skip college ball and make it to the G-League, they will be provided academic funds in case the path doesn't work out.
Of course, a big question remains regarding the NCAA's willingness to adhere to the idea. They are, after all, a multi-billion dollar organization that financially prospers at the expense of the top talent and product on the court.
With NBA commissioner Adam Silver welcoming the change, that may not make a difference.
We may be looking at an alternative to the NBA’s one-and-done rule. pic.twitter.com/hPn6RdJELD— Get Up (@Get_Up) April 20, 2018
With careful scouting of the top talent and those ready to make that jump to the appropriate level, we will see the players ranked lower give more time, more focus and more commitment to the university they choose. That can result in a more competitive game at the NCAA level.
As far as the NBA, they'll have a head start developing special players with the G-League receiving a boost in credibility as a much more loaded farm system.