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The One And Done Should Be...


The HQ is admitting its own age here with the subsequent paragraph or two...

We remember when Moses Malone, Darryl Dawkins, and Bill Willoughby left high school and immediately went to the ABA and NBA...

Yes, that's how old we are...

And the talk has been for a while that, when you're only of a certain age and maturity, that you should be able to go directly into your professional sport of choice. Then, you get into the whole Kobe, LeBron, and Sebastian Telfair discussion...

For every few athletes that are absolutely ready physically, there are just as many that may not be ready mentally to handle all that a professional athlete has to handle...

Pro leagues get locked in to the one that's not ready and make blanket statements as to "they're ALL not ready to be pro athletes."

And the HQ can see the concern- all the way to the bank in all of these sports- remember Eric Swann and the NFL...??? He found a side door. Bryce Harper found a side door...

They're always there... and now we have another side door applicant... LiAngelo Ball- and odds are he won't get drafted- but you see where we're going here...

Right now, players can enter the NBA draft only after they turn 19 and they're a year removed from high school graduation, a rule that was first implemented in 2006. But a few athletes want to go in differently and, it appears, some conferences have had enough of the current model.

The Pac-12 and the Big East are thinking the rules of engagement need to be something like a "none" or "two years" model for basketball players. And good on them, frankly...

Heck, Marc Spears over at The Undefeated has this treatise on high school elite players heading straight to the G-League. It's worth your time...

Get rid of the rule that's there to "protect" 18-year-old freshmen... it's only there to benefit the higher-end college hoops programs and their sponsors that see these kids head there to get ready for the NBA Draft in the first place.

And the HQ will not dispute that coaches like UK's John Calipari are tremendously talented for knowing the situation ahead of time, getting ready for the assembly line, and winning regardless of the rules put in front of them. But when NCAA president Mark Emmert says in his yearly address to the last weekend of his basketball season that it's something to think about...???

"I personally think that there needs to be more room for individuals who want to pursue professional sports to be able to do that, particularly in basketball," Emmert said. "There needs to be the ability for a young person and his family to say, 'You know, what I really want to do is just become a professional ballplayer.' And they ought to be provided that opportunity if they don't want to go to college."

So, now, we wait for the Secretary Rice-led panel to come up with their thoughts in April.

But, just how serious are they as an entity...???

W\e'll see, but the HQ isn't holding it's breath...

Academic integrity and all...

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