One and Done Rule: Does it Benefit Basketball Student-Athletes?


The madness officially came to an end Tuesday night as the Duke Blue Devils won their fifth national championship in school history. 

Unlike Duke’s four other championships, which were won by veteran teams, this season featured three freshmen in the starting line up. However, now the big question is whether the three freshmen will be “one and dones.”

For every Lebron James to jump right from high school to the NBA, there’s a dozen Kwame Browns. These types of players are why the NBA made it mandatory for players to go to college for at least one year before declaring for the draft.

Now major college programs like Kentucky and Duke are playing freshmen phenoms for one year before they leave for the pros. However, many critics of the “one and done” rule are questioning whether one year is really long enough for a teenager to mature into a professional basketball player. 

Wheeling Jesuit Men’s Basketball Coach Danny Sancomb doesn’t think so.

“I think it’s probably hard for young men to focus on all that,” Sancomb said. “They probably don’t get the college experience that most students get as far as their studies which is being an 18 to 21 year old college student.  It’s a period of growth and they miss out on that by only going to college for one year.”

Sancomb suggested basketball follows baseball’s rule where a player can either enter the draft out of high school or must attend college for three years before declaring for the draft.

Duke’s freshmen last night scored 60 of the Blue Devils 68 points, including every point in the second half.  Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow, and Tyus Jones are expected to be selected in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft. 

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