College Basketball: How College Hoops Can Reduce Number of One-and-Done Players

James EvensCorrespondent IAugust 11, 2011

TAMPA, FL - MARCH 17:  Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts against the Princeton Tigers during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at St. Pete Times Forum on March 17, 2011 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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College Basketball has been plagued by a rule lately that forces a player to play to wait at least a season before he enters the NBA draft.

This NBA rule has been controversial since it's inception due to the side affect of the "One and Done" college hoops star.

There have been many players who have been one in done in the past few years who could have gone straight to the league if they had the opportunity but instead were forced to play a few games in a college uniform.

There is one coach in particular who is very good at recruiting these players and giving them a platform to go to the NBA, John Calipari

Although it is not necessarily wrong to recruit, or have a one and done player, many people believe it is hurting the integrity of the game by taking the student out of the athlete.

That being said, this problem needs to be dealt with by the NCAA and the NBA before college hoops starts to lose its honor, such as the recruiting scandals being seen in football right now. 

One solution to the problem is just getting rid of the rule all together.

If a player has the talent to go straight out of high school to the NBA, more power to him, let him go. 

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 30:  Commissioner of the NBA, David Stern announces that a lockout will go ahead as NBA labor negotiations break down at Omni Hotel on June 30, 2011 in New York City. The NBA has locked out the players after they were unable to reach a
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He should have the right to cash in his talent right away instead of playing college ball for a season.  The problem with this is that a lot of players still need developing straight out of high school, so this is where a better feeder system for the NBA needs to be implemented similar to the one in place for baseball. 

Another option is to punish the programs for not graduating enough players.

If the NBA will not compromise on a solution to get rid of the rule, the only real option the NCAA has is to punish programs for having a "One and Done."

Giving schools an allowance of sorts for the number of "One and Done" players per season would likely be successful, forcing suspensions and bans on programs who violate the policy. 

Although this last solution would work, the first one is the way to go.  

The NBA needs to eliminate this bogus rule, and quit using college hoops as a feeder system for their league.  Players that choose to go to college, should have to stay for three seasons or not be allowed to enter the draft until after those three seasons are up.

College basketball is going down a dangerous path, and hopefully, they will come to an agreement to save the sport we all love. 


James Evens serves as a National Featured Columnist for college football and basketball, as well as the FC for the Purdue Boilermakers.   Follow him on Twitter or "like" him on Facebook.