The Pac-12 Conference presidents and chancellors put forth a cockamamie idea last week in an attempt to curtail the number of 'one-and-done' players in college basketball. In a letter sent to their peers in the other Big Five conferences listing 10 'core objectives' the Pac-12 believes are the most important changes to be made if the five power conferences are given more autonomy later this year, the presidents suggested making freshmen ineligible in men's basketball. Here is how they framed it as the seventh item on their list: 7. Address the "one and done" phenomenon in men's basketball. If the National Basketball Association and its Players Association are unable to agree on raising the age limit for players, consider restoring the freshman ineligibility rule in men's basketball. Washington coach Lorenzo Romar had the good sense to honestly assess the ignorance of the approach the presidents are advocating when he was asked about it during an interview with KJR Radio in Seattle on Thursday. “That rule if it was in place this past year, Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins and Julius Randle, those guys would sit out and practice everyday," Romar was quoted from the interview by the Seattle Times. "The NBA guys come and watch practice and then they draft them anyway after their freshman year without playing a game. That’s what I think would happen. “Back when you could come out of high school they were drafting kids before they practiced in college. They drafted them straight out of high school so that’s not going to prevent them from still coming out after a year.” Romar didn't even address the other glaring problem with this idea. Talk about painting with a broad brush, the presidents are proposing a change that would affect hundreds of freshman across the five power conferences each year when the issue at hand is really only relevant to a dozen or so freshmen each year. In some years, it's even less.
Lorenzo Romar pokes holes in misguided Pac-12 freshman ineligibility proposal
Yahoo! Sports | Jun 3