college basketball recruiting landscape

Holy Man

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Agreed. Brutal. It's getting almost like the old NHL days when Montreal got to select the best French Canadian players before anyone else drafted.

It's time the NBA/professional basketball and college basketball people get together and put college back into college basketball with rules that make players ineligible for the draft for three years if they choose to go to college like they do in baseball. The pros must think it will cost them a bundle, because on the surface it seems like it would help them by increasing the maturity and experience of those coming into the draft who are not among the five or ten can't miss high school prospects each year.

The sheer dominance of the blue bloods in the recruiting world is getting sickening to watch. Some modest and reasonable (not socialist) restrictions would reduce my cynicism for the system and maybe a few others, too.
 
In my opinion they should do the exact opposite. If you are good enough for a NBA team to want you out of high school you should be able to go. The NCAA would be in a much better place if players weren't forced to play there.

The NBA (and NFL) get a free minor league system in the current setup. It baffles me that both of these leagues get free passes from the public & media on this.
 
I've always liked the idea of going to an idea similar to MLB. If you are good enough to go to the NBA out of high school, go for it. But if you do attend school, you need to stay multiple years. Baseball its 3 but I think at least 2 would be reasonable for hoops.
 
Forcing them to stay for 3 years is such a bad rule for the student athlete. Any student athlete with the opportunity to go pro should be able to make their own decision. No one and done, no baseball rules - leave whenever you want.
 

WoodburyTim

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Forcing them to stay for 3 years is such a bad rule for the student athlete. Any student athlete with the opportunity to go pro should be able to make their own decision. No one and done, no baseball rules - leave whenever you want.
While true, it is not good for the college game which is what we are talking about here.
 

Holy Man

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In my opinion they should do the exact opposite. If you are good enough for a NBA team to want you out of high school you should be able to go. The NCAA would be in a much better place if players weren't forced to play there.

The NBA (and NFL) get a free minor league system in the current setup. It baffles me that both of these leagues get free passes from the public & media on this.
I think very few are opposed to them going straight from high school, me included. The only ones "opposed" appear to be the NBA whose rule it is that they are not draft eligible until they are out of high school for a year. My qualm is with the farce of college in the one and done era, and essentially forcing guys who are draft ready to play a year of college as borderline fraudulent students. The NBA wins because they get another year of maturity and scouting, reducing their risk with the 18 year old draftees. I don't think there is a free pass from the public, perhaps from the media, though. The basketabll and football rules are a boon for the pros as it stands. The colleges, and yes, us as fans and ticket buyers frequently lose because of the diminished product on the floor and the growing challenge of developing teams and players over time.

If they are making a decision for college, they should make a decision for college. The three year rule in MLB strikes me as a reasonable compromise between the interests of the players, the colleges and the teams. Higher level draft choices in baseball are assuring an education if they sign by negotiating college expenses in their contracts. Basketball players should do that, too.
 
Instead of allowing anyone who wants to go pro right out of high school, they should just wait until after the NBA draft. Anyone not good enough to get drafted can go to college for three years.
 

Go Gophs

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Just crack down on the cheating schools and it would be fine. As it sits, there are about 5-6 schools that can get away with what they want. Also, I would just let them go pro after high school if they want. 1 and dones aren't students and the only thing they have to do with college is wearing their letters across the front of their jersy.
 

BarnBurner

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I think very few are opposed to them going straight from high school, me included. The only ones "opposed" appear to be the NBA whose rule it is that they are not draft eligible until they are out of high school for a year. My qualm is with the farce of college in the one and done era, and essentially forcing guys who are draft ready to play a year of college as borderline fraudulent students. The NBA wins because they get another year of maturity and scouting, reducing their risk with the 18 year old draftees. I don't think there is a free pass from the public, perhaps from the media, though. The basketabll and football rules are a boon for the pros as it stands. The colleges, and yes, us as fans and ticket buyers frequently lose because of the diminished product on the floor and the growing challenge of developing teams and players over time.

If they are making a decision for college, they should make a decision for college. The three year rule in MLB strikes me as a reasonable compromise between the interests of the players, the colleges and the teams. Higher level draft choices in baseball are assuring an education if they sign by negotiating college expenses in their contracts. Basketball players should do that, too.
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