The subject of college athletes going pro too soon came up again recently after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver talked about instituting an age limit for players wishing to declare for the NBA Draft. The arguments for both sides have flared up again: one side argues that these kids are cheating the system and undermining the importance of a college education by leaving early, the other refutes that keeping these kids in school for an extra year or two is pointless to their profession and possibly damaging to their draft stock. That’s not the only debate either; some contend “One and Dones” destroy college basketball while others simply say “Nah,” “LOL” or “OMG who the hell cares?“.
With March Madness in full swing, the questions need to be asked yet again. Should college athletes be required to stay in school for two years? Should high school students be allowed to go pro? Where should we draw the line?
The answer to these questions is a tricky one. On the one hand, it does seem a bit unfair that an athlete can go to college for a year, put up big numbers on a basketball court and suddenly be set for life. On the other, if playing professional basketball is the career path that person has in mind when they go to college, you could easily argue they’ve bettered themselves and fully prepared themselves for their career path, which is essentially the point of going to college. Let’s start with the education side of the argument.