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The One and Done Rule: For Better or For Worse?

MILWAUKEE - MARCH 26:  Brandon Jennings #3 of the West team dribbles during the 2008 McDonald's All American High School Boys basketball game on March 26, 2008 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Colin MeansCorrespondent IMay 28, 2009

The formerly known “one and done rule” prevents high school prospects from entering the NBA draft straight out of high school, and states that a player must be one year removed from high school and 19 years old to place his name in the draft. 


The argument of this rule has surrounded the professional and collegiate level of basketball ever since it was implemented after the 2005 NBA draft.  Players such as Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Tracy McGrady, Dwight Howard, Jermaine O’Neal, Amare Stoudemire, LeBron James, and Al Jefferson made great transitions from high school to the NBA.  They have had successful careers that are still underway, and benefited from the opportunity to jump straight to the NBA instead of going to play college ball.

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