The 1-and-done rule might could be coming to an end sometime in the not-too-distant future. NBA commissioner Adam Silver is on record as exploring the option, but there won’t be any changes until the league’s collective bargaining agreement is up in 2024.
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany added his opinion to the chorus before the 2018 National Championship Game between Michigan and Virginia. He called for “more choices” for college players.
"There's got to be more choice for the young player. If you're interested in college, you should have that choice; if you're interested in professionalizing yourself, you should have that choice."
– Jim Delany pic.twitter.com/x3NFJ6mXJk
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) April 2, 2018
Currently, players are not allowed to hire agents without forgoing their remaining college eligibility. Players are still able to declare for the NBA draft without hiring agents, but that’s a process that still somewhat limits opportunities for prospects who are unsure about their future.
Here’s the full transcription of Delany’s comments:
I think we’re going to have to liberalize the agent rules in some form or fashion. I think people deserve to have the right to get good personal advice, and I think that needs to be done soon and probably earlier. Even earlier than the college career.
I think there has to be more choice for the young player. If you’re interesting in college, you should have that choice. If you’re interested in professionalizing yourself, you should have that choice. I’m hopeful that the players association and the owners of the NBA teams, who are in control of the situation, provide a role for talented people to professionalize themselves if they so choose.
And also I think the players association needs to take some responsibility for the certification of agents, which is in their jurisdiction, not in ours. So that the people that are doing a good job and have the credentials are properly certified by the players association because it’s their players, in many cases, or potential players, who are being manipulated by the few agents who are not reputable.
These would be some positive steps toward a more player-friendly environment in college athletics. Delany doesn’t specifically mention the phrase “1-and-done” or “NBA draft,” but that’s sure appears to be what he’s referring to.
None of these are exactly hot takes in the college basketball world, and Delany does not address the biggest elephant in the room. That’d be paying players, something the NCAA announced last week it was still firmly against.