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NBA proposes to change draft-eligible age; DeMarcus Cousins rips NCAA

The one-and-done is in jeopardy, but will it affect John Calipari and Kentucky Basketball?

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The NBA has officially proposed to lower the age of entry into the NBA Draft from 19 years old, to 18 years old, according to USA Today.

This has been a debating topic for the last several years. The NBA and the NBPA (players association) must come together on an agreement on whether or not to allow high-schoolers to make the jump straight to the league, much like it was just 15 years ago.

This comes just one day after Zion Williamson tore through his shoe and suffered a knee injury on national television, which in turn, got the debate started back up about whether high-schoolers should make the jump straight to the NBA.

So what would this mean for the Kentucky Wildcats and their recruiting success?

Well, in my opinion it wouldn’t mean anything. If the NBA were to allow kids to go to the league if they’re 18 years of age, then that would be only a handful of prospects who are: A) of actual age, and B) actually ready to make the jump.

That would be about three to four, maybe five prospects from each class who could actually handle the NBA at that very moment. Take away those five players from the recruiting rankings and a new one will fill their place. Kentucky and John Calipari are going to get the best players in the class regardless if the one-and-done rule is in place or not.

That being said, this won’t be coming to fruition for a few years, as the date the NBA is aiming for is the 2022 NBA Draft. This gives the players and organizations the time to adjust to the new rules, as well as college coaches to adjust. The NBA the NBPA still need to agree on a deal, but it is looking more and more likely to happen by the 2022 draft.

Elsewhere, former Wildcat and current Warriors star DeMarcus Cousins shared his thoughts on the rule prevent high school players from going straight to the NBA.

He’s really upset with how the NCAA ruins runs the sport.

“Knowing what I know now? College is bullsh**t. College basketball, the NCAA is bulls**t. My advice to him is do what’s best for you and your family. Obviously, college isn’t it. It does nothing for you at this point. You’ve proved you’re the No. 1 pick coming out. You’ve proven your talent. Get ready for the next level because it’s happening.”

Cousins’ comments came after Duke star and likely No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson suffered a knee injury on Wednesday. It thankfully wasn’t serious, but had it been something major like an ACL tear, it could have cost Zion millions of dollars and delayed the start of his pro career.

But don’t mistake Cousins’ comments for him not enjoying his time at Kentucky. He loved his time in Lexington.

“I loved my experience in college. That was some of the best years of my life playing basketball. That being said, just how crooked the whole NCAA business is. I saw a post the other day where it was I think the highest ticket for that UNC-Duke game was $2,500, $3,500.

“How much does Zion Williamson get? That’s who they’re coming to see. So how much does he get? Actually, who does it go to? How does it benefit any player on that team? But if they were to get $20 and a free meal, they’re this bad kid. They get a bad rep. ‘Uncoachable.’ They’re ‘thugs.’

“Whatever the case may be. It’s bulls**t.”

Hard to disagree with those remarks.