If we are to believe his words and glean from his tone, NBA commissioner Adam Silver could catalyze major changes to college basketball in the coming years. Silver's recent comments about reconsidering the NBA's age-minimum rule for the NBA Draft has once more spurred discussion about what protocol would be better for all involved. Before moving any further, understand this is the perma-reality: There is no perfect solution. There is no rule that benefits the NBA as it does college basketball as it does the players. The NBA is run by smart people, and if there was an endgame that magically worked for everyone invested they'd have found it by now. So, no matter what, one of the three aforementioned entities — the NBA, college basketball or the player — will be forced into sacrifice in any variable. Obviously, since the NBA and the NBA Players Association bargain the rule, the NBA is not going to be hindering itself. That leaves college basketball and/or the player on the short end. Over the past decade-plus, the rights of the player have been pushed back. The NBA and college basketball, contrary to what you might have heard (even from the mouth of Silver), have benefited, bigly, from the NBA's rule (which began in 2006) requiring players be 19 years old or a be a year removed from their high school graduation. College hoops gets mega stars, if for a year, while the NBA absolves itself from the curse of choice and temptation by not allowing those players to be eligible. But if changes are indeed coming, many college coaches advocate a policy similar to Major League Baseball's rules for its amateur draft. MLB's policy is a baseball prospect can head for professional baseball out of high school or choose to go to college, but not allowed to be drafted until after their junior or senior years (not including junior college, where players can enter the draft at anytime).
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