Last month, NBA commissioner Adam Silver and NBPA executive director Michele Roberts met with the Commission on College Basketball in Washington to discuss the future of the league's draft entry rules. ESPN reported the meeting and out of it came an interesting possible rule change, that players could someday be allowed to enter the draft out of high school but those who go to college would be required to stay at least two years.
That type of system would change a lot about both college basketball and the NBA and many are split on whether it's a good idea. Wizards guard John Wall, one of the most famous cases of a one-and-done star, offered his thoughts recently on NBC Sports Washington's Wizards Tipoff podcast.
Wall does not agree with the new proposal.
"It's kinda tough. I don't think they should go to school for two years if they don't have to. But I also think a lot of kids aren't ready out of high school," he said. "You very rarely find one or two of those guys that were spectacular that could leave right out of high school."
There are some success stories for guys who joined the NBA straight out of high school like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett. But there are also many who never made it entirely or didn't reach their potential because their development was arguably rushed.
The NBA enacted a rule in 2006 that prevented players from jumping to the NBA right out of high school. The result has been a systematic churn of NBA prospects from big-time college programs and that process has drawn its own critics.
Wall, who played one season at the University of Kentucky before going first overall in the 2010 draft, likes the one-and-done system because it worked for him. He used that year to continue learning about the game and has since blossomed into a four-time NBA All-Star.
"I could have, but I wouldn't have wanted to," Wall said of going from high school to the NBA. "I wouldn't have been ready."
Wall likes the current one-and-done system and doesn't care for the new proposal, but he does have an idea of how to change the system. The NBA has something it didn't have back in 2006, a more developed minor league system. In 2006, the NBA's D-League (now the G-League) was only one year old.
Now it's a more refined institution and Wall thinks it could be the answer for a compromise.
"I think if they did come out of high school, they should go to the G-League for one year, then come to the NBA," Wall said. "It would be just like they played in college, but they would be able to play at this level."
One year in the G-League would add some new wrinkles to the development process of NBA prospects. It's an interesting idea.
Wall also discussed Bradley Beal's All-Star chances, why the NBA should televise its All-Star draft and more on the podcast. Listen to the interview right here:
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