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One-and-done

Posted: August 22, 2013 1:45 p.m.
Updated: August 23, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Chris Paul, the former Wake Forest basketball star who is now regarded by many as the best point guard in the NBA, has taken over the presidency of the troubled NBA Players’ Association. Many people have more than a little trouble understanding why athletes who are paid millions of dollars a year for playing a game even need a union. We won’t open a debate on that, but one issue on which Paul could have a positive influence is the ridiculous “one and done” rule which affects college basketball.

As it is, a player must be at least 19 years old in the calendar year of the league’s draft to be able to turn pro. That leaves a situation in which the best high school players, most of whom haven’t reached that age, go to college for one year, then jump to the NBA. It makes a travesty of the college academic experience. Professional football and baseball have more reasonable rules, but the NBA union has opposed any changes which would keep players in college longer.

The union recently fired its longtime executive director, Billy Hunter, and it has been quite a few years since a high-profile star such as Paul has been president. We hope he’ll convince his fellow players to do away with the one-and-done rule.

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