The NBA Las Vegas Summer League is not just a gathering of exciting young basketball talents. NBA executives, expert analysts, and league front office representatives all attend summer’s marquee event.
What this means: chatter and rumors begin to spread like wildfire. Basketball writers are collecting as much information as they can. With team staff members present and going about, that information is typically easy to come by; for those with the best sources in the game.
The latest buzz is a massive revelation pertaining to the NBA and college basketball. According to ESPN’s Draft Expert Jonathan Givony, NBA teams are not expecting the one-and-done rule to be eliminated anytime soon. Executives are not expecting the NBA Draft’s age limit to be modified anytime before the 2022 NBA Draft.
This gives the league a timeline of four years to set a new effective way of developing young prospects, considering that college basketball will be in the back of the minds of high-level 18 year prospects.
The most likely alternative appears to be a new utilization of the NBA G-League, which would give drafted prospects the luxury of developing with NBA personnel rather than pit stopping for a year in college.
John Calipari spoke on the matter of allowing kids to go straight from high school to the NBA back in March.
“Kids should be able to go out of high school, but we cannot devalue education,” Calipari said on his radio show. “We cannot devalue education. In other words, encourage all the young kids to just worry about the NBA. How many of them are really getting to the NBA?”
He hit hard on the educational aspect of the possibility.
“Now you’re in eighth or ninth grade and now the academics gets a little bit tougher, so you just say, ‘You know what? I’m not doing this anyway because I’m going to be in the NBA.’ All right, so they’re eighth and ninth graders. How many of those kids? 10,000? 25,000?
“And by the time they become juniors and they figure out I’m not good enough for that and they’ve got to go to college, well you’re not prepared for college now. I don’t want to be the guy that said this is the way to go. I want to be the guy on the other side that said, ‘If we do this, I want to know what society is going to do.’ How are we taking care of these kids?”
This news obviously directly affects Kentucky more than it would any other collegiate basketball program. It gives Calipari another four years of doing what he’s best at, and after what would be his 13th season in Lexington he will likely have accomplished enough to ride off into the sunset.