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Posted July 6, 2011

KU's Self Wants End To 'One-And-Done' Rule

KUSports.com, Gary Bedore
http://www2.kusports.com/news/2011/jul/03/ku-coach-self-nix-one-and-done-rule/?loc=interstitialskip

If Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self had his way, the NBA’s next collective bargaining agreement would include an alteration of the so-called “one-and-done rule.”

It’s the rule that requires players to be at least 19 years old and one year removed from high school before they can enter the NBA Draft. This rule has led to a batch of players, including KU’s Xavier Henry and Josh Selby, attending college one year, then bolting for the pros.

“I’d say leave (for NBA) out of high school or stay three years in college,” said Self, who would settle for a two-year minimum stay on campus for those who don’t declare for the draft following high school graduation.

“I don’t like what is in place now. It’s not because we’ve had two one-and-dones the last two years. Some people have had more. I don’t think what we have is fair to the kid. We say, ‘Come here to get a degree and help us win, and in turn, when the time is right, we’ll support any decision you make.’ That’s what we’ll say whether it’s one year or two years. The mind-set some kids have coming in is they can be a one-and-done guy. I can understand that. It’s the landscape of where we live and what we do, but it’s not the way it should be.

“It should be kids go to school first, and after they go to school and the time is right, they should be able to jump. I think making them stay a minimum of two would definitely help that cause.”

Self doesn’t begrudge those rare players with NBA-ready bodies and skills the right to make millions of dollars in lieu of college.

“I wish there was some committee saying, ‘OK, if this kid is thought to be a certain pick, then he would be allowed to go,’” Self said. “There wouldn’t be bad decisions. Then after that, I wish we had the baseball rule (players must stay three years if they don’t turn pro out of high school).

“In football, you have to stay three years no matter what, but football is also a different sport. What 18-year-old would be mature enough to play in the NFL? In basketball you could have guys that come through every now and then that could do that, a LeBron (James) or Kobe (Bryant) or whomever.

If a kid is able to go and do that and take care of himself and his family, do that. If he can’t, go to school and stay in school,” added Self, who indicated he was “proud” of those Jayhawks who left early for making sure they left KU in good academic standing.

An alteration of the one-and-done rule would also help coaches assemble their rosters.

“It (staying 2-3 years) would change the whole dynamics of recruiting,” Self said, “because you won’t be trying to sign the next guy to replace that guy (one-and-done) when you don’t even know if that guy is leaving or not. You’ll have a better feel for it.”

COMMENTS: 6
One and done
Posted from: Tony, 7/13/11 at 4:41 AM CDT
(Correcting typos in previous post):

Then why not tie the proposed "One- and-Done" rule with a similar rule that requires coaches to live up to their contracts.

But you know that will never happen.

If a young man (quit calling them kids), is ready for the NBA, why should he be required to pass up millions and risk injuries to play an additional season? That lacks common sense.

Ours is a free-enterprise, capitalist system. The young men can always go back to college for their degrees.

One day, the baseball rule will be challenged and be found unconstitutional.

Tony
one and done rule
Posted from: paul , 7/12/11 at 3:10 PM CDT
and deny a young man's dream of playing professional basketball? Why not don't recruit these players? Let Nike or Adidas sponser a league for these players. Get back to the basics of players who want an education first
One and done
Posted from: Tony Williams, 7/11/11 at 8:53 AM CDT
Then why not tie the "One and Done" rule with a similar rule that requires coaches to live up to their contracts. But you know that will never happen. And if a young man (quite calling them kids), is ready for the NBA, why should he be required to pass up millions and risk injuries to play an additional season? That lacks common sense. Ours is a free-enterprise, capitalist system. The young men can always go back to college for their degrees. One day, the baseball rule be challenged and found unconstitutional.
Posted from: Dymetrius ware, 7/9/11 at 10:49 AM CDT
It all about recruiting.
one and done rule
Posted from: Audie, 7/9/11 at 6:55 AM CDT
I agree with coach. Something has to be in place that should also include a required GPA.
One and done rule
Posted from: Clarence Hyde, 7/7/11 at 10:46 PM CDT
I agree with Coach Self.Stay in school.

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