NBA Urged To Adopt ‘Two-Or-None’ Rule
A detail of an official Spalding basketball going through the net with an official logo of the 2012 Orlando NBA All-Star Game during the 2012 NBA All-Star Game at the Amway Center on February 26, 2012 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
4:14 PM 03/22/2018
The Big East and PAC-12 both suggest the NBA use a “two-or-none” rule to replace the current “one-and-done” rule.
In other words, the “two-or-none” rule gives players two options: either commit to a minimum of two years of college basketball or immediately enter the NBA draft out of high school.
The proposed change would mirror how the MLB deals with high school players. In baseball, players are eligible for the draft upon high school graduation, but then not again until after their junior seasons in college. Unlike baseball, though, players in this new format would forfeit their college eligibility if they entered the NBA draft. Baseball players retain their eligibility, even if drafted.
For the past 13 years, players had to be one year removed from high school before being eligible for the NBA draft, essentially forcing players to spend one year in the NCAA or to go overseas. The first 11 picks of last year’s NBA Draft were all one-and-done players. All first picks since 2010 have also been one-and-done players.