It's nice to see a league commissioner who recognizes a problem, recognizes the obvious solution sitting right in front of their face and pursues that solution. It's rare in American sports to have that sort of competency at the helm, but Adam Silver is here to take basketball to new heights.
The NBA Commissioner said he's in favor of dropping the one-and-done rule, which will bring nothing but good things to both the NBA and the NCAA.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is for dropping the draft entry age back to 18, which would effectively end the preponderance of college one-and-done players.— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) July 11, 2018
Allowing players to jump directly from high school to the NBA will first and foremost provide countless families with much-needed economic relief. Hordes of recruits are illegally offered tens, sometimes, hundreds of thousands of dollars and other perks in exchange for those services.
Those types of exchanges are what has gotten several people arrested, players deemed ineligible, coaches fired and athletic programs set back years at a time. Allowing players to immediately make money as an 18-year-old won't fully eliminate that practice, but it will deal it a serious blow.
This will also provide a long overdue cleanup to the reputation of college basketball. The last decade has been marred by scandal after scandal of players being paid, provided strippers, given cars, etc. The public perception of college basketball is that it's a cesspool of criminality and false amateurism.
This move changes that in a heartbeat.
Commissioner Adam Silver made it clear on Tuesday that there is growing support for a change that would allow players to enter the league at the age of 18 rather than require them to play one year of college basketball. https://t.co/CRI9X6KAYh— USA TODAY HSS (@usatodayhss) July 11, 2018
Coaches benefit tremendously from this move because they can actually build for the future and focus on long-term player development. In this new system, if a player chooses to attend college, it means they actually care about being there and extracting the benefits of a college experience.
The guys that choose to come to college are more likely to actually show up to class and listen to their coaches, rather than treating it as a one-year pit stop. All in all, this will be a big win for the NBA and NCAA.