Friday, April 6, 2012

Quote Of The Day

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“I just think there's a lot more kids that get ruined coming out early or going to school trying to be developed to come out early than actually make it.”

-- Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who along with NBA commissioner David Stern, would like to get rid of the one-and-done trend created by the league’s requirement that players be nineteen-years-old and out of high school to be eligible for the NBA draft. 

Cuban would like to see the next step: Requiring the players to be NBA eligible three years after their high school class graduates.

In that scenario, Duke's Austin Rivers and Carolina's Harrison Barnes and Kendall Marshall would have to stay while junior John Henson would be eligible for the NBA draft. 
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Simply put, Cuban believes such a change would prevent players from making poor decisions that affect the rest of their lives, as well as help rid the sport of corruption among player agents.

Stern has previously stated that the players union would never agree to such a proposal and that the NCAA needs to change it’s rules about scholarship eligibility. 

An NCAA rule undoubtedly would push some anxious players into foreign pro basketball, but it would level the playing field in college basketball and resolve a great deal of fan post-season angst.   If a player chooses to go the college rout, and we believe many poorly advised kids would not choose this route, he isn't draft eligible until after his junior year. 

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