The NBA may be moving closer to instituting a rule that will allow players to enter the league directly out of high school, but would require them to wait two years if they chose to play in college.
According to a report from ESPN, NBA commissioner Adam Silver and NBPA executive director Michele Roberts met with the new Commission on College Basketball on Thursday in Washington D.C.
Silver recently indicated he’s not sure the current “one-and-done” rule is the answer. College basketball presidents and athletic directors would likely be in favor of such a rule — though, as ESPN noted, they have no say in NBA regulations.
Baseball players can enter the major leagues straight out of high school, but must wait three years to be draft eligible should they go to college. The NBA, it appears, could be moving toward something similar.
“Silver and Roberts delivered the league and union perspectives on issues facing the basketball industry, including ways that changing the dynamics of the NBA draft could impact the pro and college games. The meeting was described as informational in nature, although the NCAA ultimately has no formal say in rules governing the league’s early-entry rules.”
Meanwhile, a preps-to-pros arrangement would negatively impact older veterans who are trying to keep their jobs, but the players’ union, by and large, has always favored such a rule.
Former NBA All-Stars David Robinson and Grant Hill are among those on the college basketball commission, assembled by the NCAA to help oversee and improve the college game.