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The NBA one-and-done rule could be sticking around for the foreseeable future

One and done was set to end around 2022, but it may be sticking around after all.

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After it appeared one and done was going away in the coming years, it now appears the NBA could be keeping it in place for the foreseeable future.

According ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (via CBS Sports), there’s now a belief that the league will keep one and done due to failed negotiations over medial information of prospects being available to NBA teams:

A lot of us believed a year ago, 18 months ago, that the NBA and the player’s association would come to an agreement on ending the one-and-done — they would set a date in the future, but we thought it would be 2022, 2023 when high school players would be able to go back in the draft. That has not happened. It is not on the horizon, largely because the union and the league, as part of letting the high school players back into the draft, the league has wanted players to have to make available their physicals and medical evaluations to all teams ... The union, backed very hard by the agents, had said, ‘That’s not something we’re gonna give in on. We’re not going to give you full access medically. That’s the one advantage that we feel we have as agents and players to control the process.’

That’s been the major sticking point for a couple of years now. And there’s a real strong possibility that the one-and-done conversation isn’t picked up again until the next collective bargaining agreement in 2025.

This is significant for the Kentucky Wildcats, who annually have several players that wind of being one and done. Guys like Anthony Davis, Karl-Anthony Towns, DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall, Julius Randle, Jamal Murray, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Nerlens Noel could have easily bypassed college altogether and been high NBA Draft picks.

But instead, they had to attend college for at least a season due to the current rule that players must be a year removed from their graduating high school class before being eligible for the draft.

However, the NBA G-League is now revamping its system and becoming more attractive to high school recruits wanting to spend a year developing there vs. play college basketball. Just this week, we’ve seen top-10 recruits Jalen Green and Isaiah Todd accept deals to be part of the G-League program, so perhaps it’s becoming the NBA’s way of allowing high school recruits to be pros as soon as they want.