John Calipari Asks for ‘One-and-Done’ Repeal
In a move that, I believe, will raise more than just a few eyebrows, the coach who, more or less, invented the concept of the "one-and-done" college basketball recruit as we know it is now lobbying for its demise.
Since 2007, NBA Players Association has had in place a rule that no player would be eligible for the draft until he was 19 years old.
That meant either one year of college or one year playing professionally overseas.
Most have chosen college.
But it wasn't until John Calipari became the head coach at Kentucky in 2009 that the concept of "one-and-done" really dug its heels in and became a major component of modern day college basketball.
It's really changed the face of the sport.
For the past nine seasons, Calipari's teams have been comprised primarily of freshmen. His best teams--the Final Four squads--had a good mix of freshmen and returning talent.
But those freshmen have always gotten the headlines.
Well, flash forward to late April 2018 and a report from CBS' Kyle Boone and we learn that Calipari has had a meeting with the NBPA and pushed, during that meeting, for measures that would bring the "one-and-done" era to an end.
He's also asked for a combine to be set up to evaluate high school juniors who might be thinking about a jump from senior year to the pros so that these kids can get the best information about their talent and don't make a terrible mistake.
Simply put, the United States of America recognizes anyone 18 or older as a legal adult and if a kid that age wants to jump to the NBA out of high school, he should be able to do so.
Calipari just wants to make sure these guys have the very best information possible about their prospects.
How would this affect the way Calipari recruits, should this come to pass?
I'm pretty sure only John Calipari knows the answer to that one.