NBA reportedly in serious discussions to shift draft age eligibility
The NBA is reportedly mulling a major change that could bring about the death of “one-and-done” prospects in the ranks of college basketball.
According to NBA insider Shams Charania, the NBA and NBPA are in “serious talks” regarding new items for the next Collective Bargaining Agreement. One of those major changes would be dropping the draft age eligibility from 19 to 18.
If the change is made, it would allow prospects to once again go straight from high school to the NBA. That would likely have a major impact on the state of college basketball with prospects currently having to spend a year either in college, the G-League development system, or somewhere overseas before entering the NBA Draft.
Sources: NBA and NBPA in serious talks on new items for potential Collective Bargaining Agreement:
– Draft age eligibility from 19 to 18, return of high school-to-NBA
– Measure that allows players citing mental health similar to physical injury
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 19, 2022
We’ll see what becomes of this, particularly for certain programs that have relied on the help of “one-and-done” type prospects to remain competitive in college basketball. It could have major ramifications if high school prospects are once again allowed to jump right to the NBA.