Josh Selby: The National Basketball Rule

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Josh Selby was the top high school basketball player in the United States, and his future as a professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association looked nothing but promising (Pick 1). The National Basketball Association, also known as the NBA, is the professional basketball league in America and consists of thirty teams. Every year, the NBA Draft takes place, and the thirty teams select players who are eligible for the league. If Selby had been eligible after his senior year of high school, he would have been a top pick. However, the NBA’s eligibility rules required him to be out of high school for at least one year. Selby was expected to play the required year in college, be a top pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, and then…show more content…
Rick Pitino, the University of Louisville men’s basketball coach, sees the current system’s instability and stated that the system is ineffective (Bernstein 1). Another men’s basketball coach from Michigan State, Tom Izzo, recognizes the vulnerability of the players involved with the one-and-done rule: “My biggest worry is what’s happening to these guys. Someday 10 years from now, there’s going to be a study of how many kids came out and ended up on the streets. That’s the crime of this whole thing” (qtd. in Bernstein 1). Izzo realizes that the system is not only ineffective, but it also creates problems for the players. In addition to coaches speaking up about the rule, there have been proposals to make the one-and-done rule more like the Major League Baseball eligibility rules. The eligibility rules for baseball allow high school players to go straight to the professional league, bypassing college if they choose to do so. If baseball players elect to go to college, however, they must stay for a minimum of three years before they are permitted to move up to the professional league (Forde 1). The arguments and proposals for change have had some success, which can be seen in the NCAA’s new NBA Draft rules. The NCAA has extended the deadline for college basketball players to declare for the NBA Draft. Players now have ten days after the NBA Draft Combine—an event that gives players the opportunity to showcase their skills—to back out of the draft and retain their eligibility for college basketball. Players are also permitted to participate in the NBA Combine and one team workout before they make their commitment to the NBA or another year of college. This enables players to go through the early stages of the draft process before making a final decision (Patt 1). The NCAA’s new NBA Draft rules have

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