The NBA and NBPA are in talks to change the age of the draft. This will allow players to re-draft straight from high school.
Schedule and technicalities
Since 2005, a player entering the NBA draft must be nineteen years old during the calendar year of the draft. The player must also be a year away from high school graduation, or a year of what would have been high school graduation. These rules followed the collective bargaining agreement, or CBA. NBA and NBPA negotiate this deal
Starting in December, there is a potential window for change as the NBPA looks to opt out of the current CBA and renegotiate. It seems the NBA is also on board with the changes. The rule change could take effect as early as 2024, affecting high school graduates from that year.
The NBA and NBPA are expected to agree to lower draft age eligibility from 19 to 18, for @ShamsCharania.
The change could allow high school players to make the jump directly to the NBA again as early as the 2024 Draft. pic.twitter.com/yoOilsYYnD
— Front Office Sports (@FOS) September 19, 2022
No doubt these high school recruits will become NBA stars like Tracy McGrady and Kevin Garnett.
One question many may be asking is what this means for college basketball. There has been a lot of talk about trying to end the one-and-done phenomenon in college basketball. Players who spent just one year in college accounted for nearly half of the lottery picks in the NBA draft over the past ten years.
NBA teams believe that it is best to select high school players so that they immediately receive NBA training. Colleges have also had their own frustrations as it has been difficult to build chemistry with players only available one season. Despite complaints, some schools, like Duke and Kentucky, have benefited greatly from the rule, simply getting the best recruits from the countries every year and bringing them to the NBA.
New NIL rules in college athletics will also play a role. Some high school students can still choose to play a year in college and be rewarded handsomely without being professional yet. There is no easy solution to the problem.
While lowering the draft age from 19 is a significant part of the NBA/NBPA collective bargaining discussions, sources tell ESPN that nothing has advanced in eliminating the “One-and-Done” rule.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 20, 2022
The new CBA determined in December will change the basketball landscape for young players around the world.