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How One and Done Will Be No More


How One and Done Will Be No More

BY Matthew Long


The age old question is should they allow kids to come straight from high school to the pros? The answer to that question is yes and no.

I have always been emphatic with Major League Baseball’s ability to manager and develop talent in their minor league system. Player development may be one of the most underrated topics when it comes to pros sports.

Mark Cuban commented by saying “A major college has to pretend that they’re treating them like a student-athlete,” and that, “It’s a big lie and we all know it’s a big lie. We can do all kinds of things that the NCAA doesn’t allow schools to do that would really put the individual first.” Mr. Cuban thank you for investing in my thought process, and yes we can we have a deal.

Statics via ESPN

Statics via ESPN

Developmental leagues are really the best option for young talent that thinks they have what it takes to play at a professional level. If the NBA models the D-league after what MLB have done, that not only gives you better quality talent on the big stage, but opens up more revenue options.

Cuban also said “If the whole plan is just to go to college for one year maybe or just the first semester, that’s not a student-athlete. That’s ridiculous… because he’s not going to class, he’s actually not even able to take advantage of all the fun because the first semester he starts playing basketball.”

These top college athletes are a unique bunch, because they are the only athletes of any American sports, maybe even any sport, that doesn’t want to be there. Enacting a more established D-league will give these athletes a better chance. The AAU basketball has done a number on the talent, and has done almost nothing for the development of that talent.

Basketball is now one of those sports that have been, more so, hurt by athleticism  and youth, but only because of the lack of development. Charles Barkley was on CNN in January and had this to say, “I would like for kids to stay in to college longer… I think we bring a lot of guys into the NBA that are not mentally or physically ready.”

These young athletes should be able to skip college and go to the pros, but via the minor or developmental leagues. Players like Brandon Jennings of the Milwaukee Bucks made a similar leap and elected to play in Europe over going to college. Why not keep the money in house and reconstruct what we already have. An NBA development team will always have more resources and less limitation than a college or university. We debate “should college athletes be paid to play” but if you can provide an avenue to education and develop their talent through the D-league are we asking that question any longer.

Think about!



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