The "one-and-done" rule is one of those things in college sports that some fans think is ruining the innocence of the game.
Up until a few seasons ago, players had the opportunity to go straight to the NBA following high school, allowing developed players to bank their talents right away.
That was until a few years ago, when the NBA implemented a policy that forced players to have some experience in college hoops or another league following their high school careers.
Yes, this is an NBA rule, not an NCAA rule, but until both parties can sit down and hash out a new standard for these players that have the talent right away to play in the pro's, it is a necessary reality for college hoops fans across the country.
Coach John Calipari of Kentucky gets a lot of scrutiny over this rule and the program gets a lot of criticism, but can you blame them?
If there was a huge pile of cash on the table with a sign that said "Free!" would you take it?
Until Coach Calipari is proven guilty of wrongdoing, he is doing nothing more than playing the game—the game that has unfortunately become a part of the sport that so many people love.
The reality is that unless there are some major changes in policy on both the part of the NBA and the NCAA, we will continue to have this rule.
For starters, have you ever heard of teams like the Erie Bayhwaks, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and Sioux Falls Skyforce? These are teams in the NBA developmental league, which is basically a giant joke.
As a professional league, the NBA needs to create a better developmental league to help groom players.
If they think that a player just needs a little speed-up to the game before he goes on to the league, they should send him to the D-League, like what happens in baseball.
The NBA needs to stop using college basketball as its own little developmental league.
The second thing that needs to be done is by the NCAA.
If the NBA can't step up and eliminate the "one-and-done" rule, the NCAA can. It would be a simple solution that would encourage athletes to stay for all four years, or give them the option to leave after one, punishing the programs.
Programs that cannot graduate players and have a team full of "one-and-done" players could be punished to discourage this shady recruiting practice that is becoming the norm.
Although these are all viable solutions, the fact of the matter is that the NBA needs to extinguish the rule on disallowing players directly out of high school and allow players to make the jump. However, they also need to make it so that if a player commits with a college, he stays at least three seasons in the collegiate ranks.
Unfortunately, the "one-and-done" rule is here to stay for the moment and is just something that needs to be faced by the fans.
Although a lot of criticism is frequently given to the programs that give the "one-and-done" players an opportunity, they are just being facilitators and playing a game that is being set up by the NBA. The fact of the matter is that until the NBA can set up a D-League that is worthwhile and quit using college hoops as a breeding ground, we are stuck with this rule.