College basketball season has ended & some of the top players are now investigating the possibility of entering the NBA Draft.
In 2000, the NBA implemented a rule saying anyone who enters the draft must be at least 19 years old, making it so most players will spend at least one year in college.Ideally, players should spend all four years in college to get their degree before playing professional. Like anything else in life, nothing is perfect.
Players who go to the NBA should be fully ready & already developed. The NBA is not for training, like it has become the past 15 years. There are few Garnetts, Bryants & LeBrons, but many think they are. It is not in the benefit to the player nor the NBA.
Everyone wants to put blame on the NBA, who does have a responsibility in this. The NCAA also has a responsibility in this as well.
Here is my idea for players to enter the draft:
- Require players to be at least 19 years of age.
- Form camp(s), like they do for prospective draftees, but for college players who completed freshmen, sophomore & junior years for exposure, and feedback purposes. This should be done after the draft.
- Require players to spend at least 3 years in college, regardless of age.
- Allow players to attend NBA camps.
Of course, the math above does not make sense, after 3-4 years, the player will be over 19. When a player finishes high school, they can play in college for 3-4 years. The other option is to go to the development league or Europe. After a year, they can become eligible for the NBA draft. Theoretically, most of these players will go to college, mainly for exposure. Plus, players in Europe & Asia have different systems for education, player development, and professional status.
Some schools, such as VCU & Butler, have benefited from players staying 3-4 years. They form a nucleus. Plus, the NBA will get players more polished & more prepared to play at a top-level, thus forming a better product on the professional level.