One and Done

April 18, 2014
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So much has been discussed by the “one and done” policy of the NCAA basketball programs.  By this we mean an athlete can complete just one year of college basketball and then turn pro.  Most people feel that the NCAA needs to initiate a policy like they have in baseball which requires a player to stay in school until his class has completed 3 years.  You can get 2 very different slants on this if you listen to some of the coaches whose players consistently use this “one and done” policy to get into pro-basketball.

Those who oppose this practice say that the young athlete is simply being used by the college to win big quick and then they allow him to make his services available to the pro ranks.  They feel that at the age of 19 or 20 they are too young to make this step.  These detractors of the policy feel college coaches are using the players for their own quick rewards and are throwing them to the wolves before they are ready.  The proponents of “one and done” say that the athlete who normally moves on after one year often comes from a low-income background.  They feel that by these athletes who sign the multi-million dollar contracts from pro basketball can quickly help themselves and in most cases get their families out of the ghetto environments in which most of them live.

I like the baseball policy but I can also see the financial advantage of the “one and done”.

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