Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski doesn’t think the NCAA is prepared for potential changes to the NBA’s age restrictions.
Right now, a player in America can’t go pro straight out of high school. They must be at least a year removed, which results in the vast majority of elite prospects playing in college. The one-and-done rule appears to be nearing the end of its run, and the legendary coach is worried the NCAA isn’t prepared.
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Coach K recently told the media the following, according to ESPN:
The NBA will be well prepared. The NCAA is not prepared right now. They need to be in concert with the NBA in developing a plan that is specific for men’s college basketball. And that should include what an athlete gets, how he’s been taken care of, whether or not there’s a re-entry if something — really, it’s deep. And if we only look at it shallow, then we’re doing a disservice to the kids.
That young man is a freak of nature and became the focal point of the amateurism debate after spraining his knee. Many thought he’d never play in college again in order to save himself for a big payday in the pros. (RELATED: Duke Survives Massive Scare From UCF In The Second Round Of The NCAA Tournament)
Still can’t believe this happened. Hope Zion is ok. pic.twitter.com/J4OYIe2vEz
— Joe Trahan (@JoeTrahan) February 21, 2019
Obviously, that didn’t happen, and he’s 40 minutes of great basketball away from leading the Blue Devils to the Final Four today.
HOLY ZION pic.twitter.com/zC0YOKAOG6
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) March 30, 2019
I have no idea how the NCAA will handle the NBA lifting its age restrictions, but I imagine it’s just going to result in guys like Zion never playing in college.
If they don’t go to college, then I’m not even sure what the NCAA can do.