Mark Cuban Wants Top Prospects To Stay In College Longer
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban would like top draft prospects to stay in college longer, according to ESPN.
“I just think there’s a lot more kids that get ruined coming out early or going to school trying to be developed to come out early than actually make it,” Cuban said to ESPN. “It’s not even so much about lottery busts,” Cuban said. “It’s about kids’ lives that we’re ruining. Even if you’re a first-round pick and you have three years of guaranteed money — or two years now of guaranteed money — then what? Because if you’re a bust and it turns out you just can’t play in the NBA, your ‘Rocks for Jocks’ one year of schooling isn’t going to get you real far.”
Many of the NBA’s biggest stars today such as Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and LeBron James are players who came to the league straight out of high school. However, as Cuban noted, there have been plenty of lottery-pick busts who entered the league under those circumstances.
The one-and-done trend can be halted if the players’ union agrees to change the draft-eligibility rules, something the NBA did not make a priority during the new collective bargaining agreement during the lockout. Currently, the union has agreed only to form a committee to discuss possible changes to the draft-eligibility rules.