As conversation regarding apparent violations of amateurism rules swirls in college basketball circles, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr offered one possible solution to the array of problems facing the NCAA.
“One of the things the NCAA needs to look at is, if a kid signs with an agent and he doesn’t get drafted, welcome him back,” Kerr told reporters Monday. “Why not? What’s the harm? We talk about amateurism and all this stuff, but if you’re truly trying to do what’s right for the kid, and the kid declares for the draft and doesn’t get drafted, you know what? Welcome him back. Do something good for the kids.”
Steve Kerr believes players who leave college early for the NBA draft but go unpicked should be allowed by the NCAA to return to school. pic.twitter.com/XcOc1THcb9
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As of now, players who declare for the NBA draft and don’t get selected are left with less than ideal options: They can sign with an NBA G League team or try to play overseas. Neither situation presents a clear path to the NBA. Kerr’s suggestion would allow players to receive more training and development and provide a national stage for them to continue to showcase themselves.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported Monday that NBA commissioner Adam Silver aims to implement a comprehensive plan that would adjust the so-called “one-and-done” age-limit rule and present an alternate path for prospective NBA players that wouldn’t include playing in college.
“The NBA is focusing on getting involved in two important periods in which they currently have minimal contact with prospects: the high school years and the time between high school graduation and when a young player is physically and emotionally ready to join the NBA.
Silver could present a plan within the next few months, though the league is planning to wait until after the Commission on College Basketball presents its report this spring. Both Silver and NBPA executive director Michele Roberts have appeared before the commission, which is chaired by Condoleezza Rice,” Windhorst wrote.