June 15, 2018, 6:16 pmLaMelo Ball, College
ESPN’s Zach Lowe reported that the NBA released a memo stating that “eligibility rules” for the draft may change as early as 2021 as the league studies issues “related to player development and the corruption investigation in college basketball.”
While Lowe noted that the memo didn’t mention one-and-done rule by name, its intended purpose was to alert teams that the league and the players union might “scrap the one-and-done before the expiration of the current collective bargaining deal in 2024 — and perhaps well before then, sources say.” Lowe went on to speculate that the if such a decision were to be made, it could create an extremely loaded draft class in its first year as both college freshman and high school seniors would be eligible to participate in the draft. Considering the recent scandals the NCAA has had regarding improper payments to recruits, there is a very strong possibility the league and the players union agree to scrap the one-and-done rule as early as 2021 or 2022. The NBA last permitted players to be drafted directly out of high school in 2005; Gerald Green, C.J. Miles and Amir Johnson are the remaining high school players from that draft to still be active in the league.