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Beyond the Arc: draft time is here, and should college basketball use the baseball approach?

Some draft priming, and a look at what could be improved in the draft process

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Getting ready for the draft

Draft night is here, and Red Raiders are watching closely. But for the more devout NBA fan, Zhaire Smith is not the only source of intrigue.

Where will Trae Young land, and who will claim the top spot are just a few of the questions waiting to be answered. The future of the NBA could be secured tonight, so tune in!

Puma is making waives

Our own Zhaire Smith signed with Puma, as the shoe company usually associated soccer is bent on conquering a new arena. Puma appears committed to using this new crop of stars to thrust itself into the basketball shoe spotlight.

If even one of these signees turns into the future of the game, then Puma did its job masterfully.

Should the NCAA and the NBA use the baseball draft approach?

For those of you who are not aware, baseball players are immediately eligible out of high school for the draft. However, if they decide to forgo the draft they must be 21 to reenter the draft, or have spent three years in college.

What this means is there are no one-and-done baseball players. Teams will basically have a recruiting class for three years. Basketball, of course, allows for the one-and-done. But would the game be better if they didn’t?

The short answer is yes, the college game would be much improved if the one-and-done was eliminated. Coaches could manage rosters better, and stars would hang around and make their programs better. Also, the NCAA would not have to answer tough questions about the point of a year spent taking PE for these NBA bound players.

Longer answer, players would likely love the freedom of going pro out of high school but would hate being locked in college if they choose to go. A compromise would be lowering the bar to 20 years old, or 2 years in college.

It is unlikely that many players can become lottery picks in one year that weren’t out of college. But two years of tape might be enough to get them on top.

So for those players close but not quite there, they can battle for a chance to earn a top draft grade. And this allows for a real education, and minimizes some of the roster turnover top programs face.

That’s my take on what could be done. If you agree with me, or think I am a complete nimrod let me know in the comments!