The 2017 – 2018 season was tough for the NCAA college basketball. It started with FBI arrests and jail time. Does Wes Edens think that the NBA “One & Done” policy is ruining college athletics?
Straight Outta High School
The world has changed in many ways. Some blame money, the World Wide Web, NBA, NCAA or all of the above. Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and LeBron James opened the door for NBA players to skip college. Of course, we hear about the success stories, but what about all of the disasters? How many lives were ruined by young men who were not ready for the NBA?Wes Edens Milwaukee Bucks only has 5 x spots for starters. There are thousands of applicants. Which of them think they are ready? All of them. And, that is the problem. The young high school players dominate their local city leagues and win championships. That makes them feel like they will be the next Kobe Bryant. But, thousands fail and there was only one Kobe.Kobe was the child of an NBA star. He had key advantages. Most don’t have those advantages.When the NBA permitted players to enter the league straight out of high school, it ruined the NCAA. Why? Because they lost all their best players. Thankfully, the NBA changed its rule.
One & Done
Now, some players only want to try to survive freshmen year in what is called “One and Done.” Unfortunately, the sports agents reach these players before they enter college. Arizona’s DeAndre Guyton is just the one who was caught. Supposedly, his agent was offered $100,000 to play at Arizona. Arizona violated no criminal laws, they violated NCAA rules. The courts cannot do a whole lot. The FBI got involved because the NCAA is very limited in what it can do. The NCAA can suspend coaches and players. It can vacate games and championships. But, aren’t all of the most successful schools doing the same thing? When the FBI report was issued before March Madness, all of the top programs were listed as possibly violating the NCAA rules. The NCAA had lost control of its sport.
NFL Junior Year
Milwaukee Bucks owner Wes Edens wants the best talent for his team, like Giannis Antetokounmpo. And, eventually he will get it. If the player goes to college for 1, 2 or 3 years, it does not really matter to him. The loser in the entire scenario is the player who skips college to go to the NBA and does not make it.Another possible solution is the NFL rule that only college juniors can play. That kind of makes sense. It would solve a lot of problems. Milwaukee Bucks Wes Edens could be a hero if he sat the NBA and NCAA executives down, together in a room and hammered out a credible solution. Who knows, maybe it would put him in line to become NBA Commissioner, one day?