Opinion: NCAA eligibility rules for hoops are a problem
By Saddam Rabadi | May 6, 2012 9:00 am
Under current NBA rules, regarding draft eligible players, a person eligible for the draft must be at least 19 years old and one year removed from graduating high school. This has led to a flurry of one-and-done College basketball athletes.
The fallout is profound. College programs are forced to reload every year and rely heavily on whether they can consistently recruit top high school athletes in order to remain prevalent in College Basketball.
NCAA President, Mark Emmert, wants the NBA to change their current rule to once again allow high school basketball athletes to be able to enter the draft, as it previously was prior to the 2006 draft.
“I don’t like the notion an athlete, a young man, would come to us and see us not as a being a student at a university that is playing a sport, but as a necessary step that they’ve got to touch that bag before they move on. I think that makes it extremely hard with a straight face to say these are student athletes, ” said Emmert on vaughtsviews.com.
However NBA commissioner, David Stern, is in favor of adding an additional year to the current requirements,
He has said many times the NBA players association would not agree to such terms
So how does our Head Basketball Coach, Howard Fisher, and Athletic Director, Chuck Lyon, feel about the controversy?
According to Howard Fisher he believes that players should stay longer saying, “I am all for it,” and that, “the (College) game will get better as college players stay longer.”
Chuck Lyon echoed those very same sentiments saying, “ I would like to see them have to stay three years.”
Not everyone will agree when it comes to how the one-and-done controversy should be handled, but we can all agree that as currently constructed, the rule is a joke.
Because the NCAA basketball season is over in March, for some teams sooner, basketball athletes that know they are going pro simply stop showing up for class.
College should be for students that want to be there not forced to be there.
Another controversy is play for pay. Many argue that with all the revenue that College Basketball provides the school, athletes should be compensated.
According to COC Head Basketball Coach, Howard Fisher, players should not be paid.
“The players are getting, perhaps not cash in their pockets, but they are getting their education paid for books, tuition, room, and that should be enough compensation.”
However, COC Athletic Director, Chuck Lyon, disagree.
“Do I think they should get more money than they are getting now on their scholarships, absolutely.” He goes on to say, “But they would have to spread (the money) to all their athletes.”
The debate for one-and-done and play for pay will be discussed furiously. Athletes will tell you they are right and the NCAA will tell you that they are right.
Regardless of who you believe, one thing is certain – the debate will never end.