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This was technically an NBA rule change, but absolutely nothing has had a bigger effect on college basketball than the decision before the 2006 NBA draft that prohibited players from jumping straight from high school to the pros.
We all missed out on a year of LeBron James destroying the world of college basketball, but Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, John Wall, Kyrie Irving, Anthony Davis, Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and dozens others had to stop by for one year before moving on to the NBA.
Moreover, there's an argument to be made that the rule is at least somewhat responsible for the increased parity in college basketball that has allowed teams like Butler, VCU and Wichita State to reach the Final Four in recent years.
If the top high school players in the country were allowed to jump to the NBA, coaches like John Calipari and Mike Krzyzewski would instead fill up their rosters with the best of the rest, diluting the pool of players available further down the line. Instead, middling teams have a shot at four-year, 4-star recruits while the big-name schools jostle for the 5-star players.
Love it or hate it, the rule gives college basketball fans a glimpse of the future stars of the world, and it has resulted in exponentially increased attention on incoming freshmen and recruiting.
Who knows what we would have talked about in the months leading up to last season were it not for Wiggins vs. Parker?
Kerry Miller covers college basketball for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @kerrancejames.