Portland Trail Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers

The NBA currently prohibits high school basketball players from entering the league without taking one postgraduate year first with most playing one season of college basketball.

The rule does give NBA franchises more information on these players going into the draft, but many feel the rules are unfair to the players, including Channing Frye.

This one year in college rule, I just don't think it's fair to players. It's like... pointless. - Channing Frye

On the latest Talkin' Blazers podcast, Frye and co-host Dan Sheldon were joined by former Trail Blazer Travis Outlaw, whom Portland selected straight out of high school with the 23rd overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft. Outlaw spent seven seasons in Portland.

Like Travis [Outlaw], no offense, is not a college player. Like he was built to be in the NBA. His game isn't tailored towards college. One year of college wouldn't have done him any good. - Channing Frye

Heading straight to the NBA allowed Outlaw to enter free agency with more of his career ahead of him, which he used to sign a three-year extension with Portland in 2007 and a five year, $35 million contract with the New Jersey Nets in 2010. 

Outlaw was never a superstar in the league, but he had a long, eleven-year career playing basketball professionally getting personalized development from NBA training staffs and coaching staffs, and earning $44.871 million, according to Hoopshype.

The rule was implemented to save franchises from over-drafting busts like Kwame Brown with high draft picks, but it also unfairly hurts players who then play a season of basketball for free to fill the pockets of the NCAA for their play. 

 

So I think they just need to get rid of that rule. And not everyone is going to be a Kobe or a Kevin Garnet, but guys still can be seven, eight, nine, ten year vets. - Channing Frye

You can listen to the full podcast here.