Some people feel the one-and-done rule has been mutually beneficial for college basketball and the NBA, while others say it’s been detrimental to both.
Clark Kellogg knows one thing for sure: The rule was better in theory than it has been in reality.
“I think in theory when the rule was instituted – and it is an NBA rule; a lot of people sometimes get that twisted, but it is an NBA rule where you can’t be drafted until (you’re) one year removed from high school – and ultimately it hasn’t been as good as I thought it might be on paper,” Kellogg said on The Morning Show. “I’m ready to now look at giving kids a chance to go (to the NBA) right out of high school if they so choose. But if you do make a commitment to college, I would like to see some model similar to what we have in baseball, that perhaps you have to stay two years. But I understand for the uniquely gifted to have the opportunity to fulfill a dream, they should have that chance as soon as they feel like they want to take that chance.”
Four of the top six teams in the nation – Kansas, Arizona, Duke and of course Kentucky – have one-and-done-caliber players, but few other programs do.
“It’s a small percentage,” Kellogg said. “They get the most attention because those kids are high profile, they’re talented, and they’re usually at high-profile, perennial powers in terms of schools. But when you look at it in total over 345 Division I schools, how many actually have one-and-dones, it’s a small number. But nonetheless, I still think the system is a little bit skewed and disruptive.”
There’s no doubt it’s at least had a major influence on the game – and on universities. Even Duke, as shown with Jabari Parker, isn’t immune to chasing one-year rentals.
“Nobody’s immune to change,” Kellogg said. “I don’t care who you or where you are, whether you’re in our business or a business outside of sports. Change is inevitable. That’s part of what we’re seeing across all landscapes in sports.”
The top three freshmen this year – in no particular order – are Parker, Andrew Wiggins (Kansas) and Julius Randle (Kentucky). Morning Show host Brandon Tierney said he felt that Wiggins entered the year with the most hype, that Parker got more pub following the Champions Classic, and that, of the three, Randle is the most talented and most pro-ready.
“You would not find many that would argue with you on that,” Kellogg said, comparing this year’s draft class with some of the best of all time. “I think they are special, and they’re gifted for their time in the history of the game. Comparing them to players from other eras is always a difficult thing to do, but it’s part of the debate. These kids are special, and for me, it’s always about watching their development and their maturation and the process that they go through. But clearly when you look at Parker, when you look at Wiggins, you talk about Randle, you talk about the kid (Aaron) Gordon at Arizona – those are special talents. Now, will they continue to grow and develop? We’ll see.”