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Coach K complains about one-and-done rule. Shocking.

Apr 17, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT

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Know this about Mike Krzyzewski — he likes to be in control of things. He may not be obsessive and overbearing about it like some coaches, but he likes things done his way.

And when it comes to college basketball and the one-and-done rule, he has no control. Nobody does. John Calipari may have figured out how to best use the system, but even he says he doesn’t like it.

Coach K was on The Sports Animal in Oklahoma City and had this to say about the state of the game (via Sports Radio Interviews).

“First of all college basketball doesn’t control college basketball. The NBA controls college basketball. They are the ones along with the players union that sets the rule. College basketball just reacts to what the NBA does to include the early entry date. College basketball put out April 10th. Well that date doesn’t mean anything. April 29th is when guys have a chance to put their names in the NBA draft. I think one of the main things that has to happen is college basketball has to have a relationship with the NBA. There should be someone in charge of college basketball who on a day-to-day basis sets an agenda for our great sport. We don’t have anything like that. As a resolve we don’t have a voice with the NBA or the players union and that’s just kind of sad.”

For the record, he’s not wrong here. College presidents and colleges would come down on the same side here as the NBA owners — they all want to extend this to two or three and done. That’s good for the coaches, good for the universities’ pocketbooks, good for the NBA owners and teams that get longer to scout and evaluate young players.

But for me, it comes back to this — if you are good enough to be in the NBA at age 18, why shouldn’t you be allowed to? Because NBA owners and their scouts sometimes make bad choices on high school players? Because other kids get bad advice and come out when they shouldn’t? So the truly talented and ready should be punished because other people screwed up? Nice system there.

Nobody likes one-and-done. I still like the college baseball system (you can be drafted out of high school — and I think you shouldn’t lose your elegibility if you work out for teams and test the waters — but if you go to college you are there three years). But that is not perfect and the NBA owners don’t like it.

The age limit got pushed aside during the NBA’s lockout, a committee is supposed to take it up later. But in the end they will probably just leave it at one year as the compromise nobody likes.

Especially Coach K.

  1. professoressadiesel - Apr 17, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    College Basketball wants what College Football has. At least 3 years. Make sense.

    Outside of the whole body development thing, what other argument holds water for an aspiring high school football players to be declined to play NFL football? Some of these kids these days are just as fast and big as their professional counterparts.

  2. memphisjerry - Apr 17, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    I can do everything my supervisors do at my job but I can not be a supervisor unless I get a bachelors degree. So I am tired about hearing about this rule. David Stern has said this is a business decision and they have every right to decide what qualifies a person to be hired by there business. Don’t really agree with it but that is how it is.

  3. blanchonegro - Apr 17, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    It’s ok cause no one likes Coach K or the Blue Devils anyways!

  4. cheers4ablumpkin - Apr 17, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    He’s only doing that bc he’s a Jew and likes to bitch

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 17, 2012 at 4:04 PM

      Isn’t your comment bitching? Guess we’ll see you in Shul.

    • borderline1988 - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:40 PM

      Kurt? Do you have the ability to delete comments?

  5. cosmicatomic - Apr 17, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Who cares? Many companies/corporations will only look at prospective employees with degrees or master’s degrees. I don’t feel bad that an elite athlete has to “go to college” for 1 year (or 2 years if they change it). And I use the term “go to college” very loosely.

    LeBron James is in the one percentile. 99% of kids could use at minimum 1 year of college.

    I’d be in favor of a 2 year rule because it’d make the college game better and the NBA’s incoming prospects better as well. Although I wouldn’t mind if there was a rule, say, if the team with the #1 overall pick commits to drafting you by a certain date, you can come out early (including straight out of high school). That would be a pretty cool rule.

    • deebasketballguy - Apr 17, 2012 at 4:37 PM

      No one is saying that an NBA team does not have to have standards. These teams can have an internal policy of not drafting one and done players.

      Maybe the Bobcats should make a stand and not draft Anthony Davis.

  6. 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 17, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    Mark Zuckerberg was “one and done” at Harvard. Worked out for him.

  7. stadix093 - Apr 17, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Sounds like somebody doesn’t like his incoming freshman.

  8. iowahbr - Apr 17, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    This is looking at the issue from the wrong side. What college needs to install is a rule that over a 6 or 7 year period you must graduate a certain percentage of your scholarship players to qualify to play in the tourney. (you need to look at the stats to set the parameters of the requirement) This will not end the 1 and out process but it will limit the number of one and out players any school can afford to recruit. Become an NBA training camp like Kentucky and after a few years you can’t play in March madness.

    This year Kentucky looked like they were playing 3 or 4 professional basketball players of their 5 rather than student athletes who also happened to be good b-ball players. 1 year and they will be gone. This type of thing makes the potential for the Cinderella story in March almost impossible and will make the best 5 to 10 college teams little more than NBA training sites which is a shame..

  9. lmoneyfresh - Apr 17, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    I would personally like to see a 2 year minimum with the option to go straight out of high school. That way schools aren’t going to be losing these kids so quickly and the kids have the option if they don’t want to go to college.

  10. deebasketballguy - Apr 17, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Bottom line… a 3 year rule would allow the NCAA to make more money off the players. The NBPA is not going to fall for it

  11. hojo20 - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    I wish it would be three years. I miss the days of two decades ago when guys stayed in school and we had great returning teams and we were familiar with the players. There would’ve been no great Villanova upset in 85 if Ewing didn’t stay all 4 years.

    • bbil2012 - Apr 18, 2012 at 7:05 PM

      I hear ya.
      How about when freshman had to play on the jayvees?As in Lew Alcindor and the jayvees beat the UCLA varsity in a scrimmage.
      Dude was that good but still wasn’t allowed to play varsity.
      Seems totally unbelievable today.But it really used to be that way.

  12. drunkenjunk - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    I’m sure he hated having Kyrie Irving and Austin Rivers.

  13. djstat - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    There are plenty of people who would be good for job out of high school but companies want degrees. The nba should be allowed to have job qualifications

    • deebasketballguy - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:11 AM

      The NBA does not operate as free market like the companies you mention. It’s basically a cartel.

      So while individual businesses can have their own hiring policies, they cannot act together to collude against hiring non-degreed workers (group boycott).

      That’s why this has to be bargained through the collective agreement with the union and nba teams.

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