By: Matthew Thorton
The NBA Should Change Draft Requirements for college players
The NBA is the most competitive basketball league on the planet. Players from different colleges, states and even other countries are all assembled to showcase their skills and abilities. However, sometimes college prospects leave college too early. They are anxious to start a career with the NBA, but aren’t prepared. Currently, the draft requirement is that the individual must be at least one year removed from high school in order to enter the draft, meaning they can just complete one year of college basketball and automatically qualify. This rule should be changed. College prospects should have to spend at least two years in college before qualifying for the draft, similar to what the NFL is doing.
“One and done” players are often set up for failure, because they lack the physical, mental and emotional maturity to compete in the NBA. Making it mandatory for players to spend at least two years in college gives the player an additional year or more to get into better condition and work on their skills. This will allow them to come into the league with a better understanding of how the game is supposed to be played.
The NBA draft is held every year. 60 blessed individuals are drafted, and given a chance to play in the league. It’s fair to say that out of every draft class, there will be 3-5 all-stars on average, if that. This means, at least 80 percent of the 60 players are just average, are bench players, or worst case scenario, are kicked out of the league, or sent to the G League. This shows just how low a player’s chance of being a good player is in the NBA. Allowing players who have only had one year of preparation for the league only makes this situation more difficult.
Not only is keeping the college players in school for two years good for the players, but it is also good for NBA scouts and general managers. So many scouts and general managers have been tricked into drafting a player on their team because they had a decent or successful year of college. One year isn’t enough to justify drafting a player, unless the player is a next-level talent, which is rare. Often times, players who played well in college for a year are just average, or end up as draft busts. Having them play two years in college would show a trend. This would give scouts more time to see how the prospects play over the course of multiple years, and see how prospects play after having a year of being game-planned in college.
Not only would this help scouts evaluate skill, but it would also help them see the players who are injury-prone. A player who is injury-prone can get lucky and not get injured during a year of college, but then can be a walking piece of paper in the league. A player like Jabari Parker is a prime example of this. He was a one and done during college, and performed well in the NCAA. Once he got to the NBA, he barely had a chance to show what he could do at the next level, because every year it seemed like he would tear or break something. He spends most of the season on the sidelines. If he were in college for more than a year, chances are he would have gotten injured, and scouts would have known not to draft him as highly as they did.
The NBA is a great organization. Players should be prepared more in college so they can have a better shot at having a better career in the long run.