John Calipari Hurt by NBA's One-and-Done Rule

Corey TaylorCorrespondent IApril 9, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - MARCH 20:  Head coach John Calipari  of the Kentucky Wildcats during the second round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the New Orleans Arena on March 20, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Now after seeing the damage that has been done to Kentucky's starting lineup, it is safe to say the one-and-done rule of the NBA hurts John Calipari more than it helps.

Calipari just lost four starting players out of his starting five, three of them being freshmen.

He also lost an essential part to his team when Patrick Patterson decided to go pro and lost a key part to the future when Daniel Orton surprisingly declared.

So my question is does the one-and-done rule help a team more than it hurts it?

Calipari spends countless hours working on trying to bring these flashy high school All-Americans to play for his program, but is it really helping his cause if they are just packing their bags at the end of the season for greener pastures?

You have coaches such as Calipari and Roy Williams who go ahead and gamble on these very talented players, knowing very well that they may jump ship at the end of the season.

Then you have coaches such as Gary Williams of Maryland, who hardly recruits McDonald's All-Americans and has a national championship by building team chemistry and turning his four-star recruits into incredibly special players. 

The rule needs to be fine-tuned.

John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins were in another world this season when it came to athleticism. Sure, they were not mature enough for the NBA, but they have the skill set to be playing every night on an NBA roster. It is a waste of time and money for colleges to go out and recruit these student-athletes.

Allow the kids to go pro who are good enough and want to go. It is much more logical to do that. They do not want to be in school and are basically waiting to punch their ticket to the NBA as soon as the college season ends.

The players who are serious about playing college ball can then be recruited and stay for a minimum of three years. This allows for kids like Patrick Patterson who want a degree to pursue that goal and maybe even graduate early.

Even if they do not graduate in three years and have the ability to go pro, they only have to come back for another year instead of three to get their degree once their NBA career is over. It makes no sense to make a student come to college if they don't want to be there.

The rule in place now is singlehandedly tarnishing John Calipari's career. The man is a recruiting guru, but he is hardly given enough time with the players he recruits to win a championship. After losing five players to the NBA this season, he will come back next season with the same look as this year—starting a ton of freshmen who will most likely be one-and-done after their first season.

Look at it this way. If the NCAA and NBA went to a system like they have in football, then Calipari either would have not coached Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans, John Wall, and DeMarcus Cousins, or he would have won at least one national title because all of them would have been playing on the same team. Sorry to say, but no team is going to beat a team with those guys in the same uniform. 

Even if all of the above mentioned players went straight to the NBA, that gives Calipari the chance to go recruit the next group of top-five players in the country who want to attend college, and he could develop them over a couple of years, which would most likely get him a ring.

This is all speculation of course. All I have to say is why waste John Wall's time in college when he could have been playing for the Clippers this season, making money rather than having the university spend it on him? Let's stop making these kids attend college when it is apparent they have much more talent than some players currently on NBA rosters. 

The argument will always be, "Why don't the kids who don't want to go to school go play overseas for money?"

That is a valid point, but let me put you in that situation for a second.

Would you rather play in an atmosphere like Rupp Arena and a city that embraces its team like Lexington, or in Italy, where fans could care less who you are and only care about one sport with a ball, soccer? Sorry, but the money isn't worth not being noticed.