Should College Basketball Change Their Rules?

Bobby Whiteside

In college basketball you are allowed to enter the NBA draft after completing one year of college eligibility.

For college football, you are allowed to enter the NFL draft with two years of college eligibility.

Should college football change to the college basketball rules, should college basketball make their athletes stay longer or what should these leagues do with their athletes?

For college basketball, most athletes leave after their freshman year to go get big bucks in the NBA, but football players are a little bit more unlucky and have to stay until their junior year. Most college basketball athletes leave for the league early so they can help out their families for their financial situation.

Former NBA player Shaquille O’Neil says that the NCAA should require athletes to stay at least three years in college.

“A lot of guys do it because of their financial situation and they need to do it,” O’Neil said. “That’s the only way to provide a better means for their family. So when you look at it from that aspect, I understand it.” said O’Neal.

But then again most college athletes do not have any desire or passion to stay in school and get their degree. The top draft pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Ben Simmons, was “ineligible for The John Wooden Award because he was unable to have 2.0 GPA,” according to USA Today. Simmons only held a 1.8 GPA. Simmons would miss class and did not necessarily care about his education, but he is not completely at fault.

The NCAA only has a one and done rule to go into the NBA and the NBA does not care about grades. If the player is extremely talented and will make money for their team then the NBA will gladly take them regardless of grades. So if an athlete does not necessarily care about their college education, which is important because they are student athletes, then they should be allowed to go into NBA without three years of college education.

It is really up to the athlete whether or not they want to leave for the big league or stay to get their degree. The NCAA should not force these student-athletes to stay in school if they do not really have a desire to. It is their career and it is up to them whether or not they should go or not.

As for college football the rules should probably change as well. They shouldn’t force athletes to stay in college if they do not want to. It is their decision. If they do not want to go to class and get bad grades but they have the chance to get drafted then they should go into the league after their freshman year.

But should the NBA even bring back the high school to the NBA rule?

No, not necessarily because it will bring college basketball ratings down and almost all players would need another year of development before going pro.

But if an athlete does not have a desire to go to college and has the talent to go straight to pros, then they should discuss with pro teams whether or not they could or should go to the league out of high school.

The decision whether or not to leave after their freshman year in any sport should be up to the player and whether or not they want to finish college or go to the pros. If a player has the potential to go right out of high school and can go pro and can make an impact but really do not want to go to school or college then yes they definitely should try and go to the pros. So no college basketball should not change their rules.

It is important to have an education to fall back on when you are in the pros and you get hurt. I do agree that it is important to get your education because if you get hurt and you are in the pros, you can still be successful. Education and information are power. You are a student athlete which means even if you are the number one high school player in the world, academics come first. But, it is up to the player whether or not you want to take it seriously. Most players would benefit from the extra training in college to prepare for the pros anyway.

Well, unless you’re LeBron.



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