Let me first say that I have always hated the NBA and loved the college basketball game. I hate the NBA for a host of reasons but I think these are the key drivers of my hatred:
1. Grown millionares seem to just go through the motions and lack the passion of the college kids.
2. Liberal rule interpretations on key basketball fundamentals.
3. Always seemed like the games were fixed a la WWF and Vince McMahon. Heck, they had a referee on the take and their overall officiating is so bad that he did not even stick out on their officials evaluation! Let the fact that he was a top rated official sink in for a few minutes.
Now I have even a new reason to hate the NBA - they are killing the college game.
These NBA age limit that forces kids into the NCAA for the one and done year is ridiculous. First, they have no valid academic requirements and really cannot be classified as the student athlete. Secondly, when you fall in love with their talent, they stiff you in one year. In no other sport is the typical team commitment for a star player a single season. So in the end, NCAA basketball is dominated by a bunch of transient players who are at that university playing their personal waiting game.
The NCAA should act quickly and forcefully in dealing with this issue. They must force the NBA to use their developmental leagues to cater to these kids. Here are some suggestions:
1. Each scholarship extended by a school to a player must be subtracted from their allowable total scholarships for a minimum of 3 years. Let each coach know that if you go after the one year wonder, he will occupy the scholarship for 2 years without contributing to the team.
2. Utilize mid year academic progress rules or strict entrance requirements.
3. Tell the NBA you will not have your game ruined by their union rules.