Adam Silver, NBPA Exec Dir Discuss One-And-Done Rule With New CBB Commission
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and NBPA Exec Dir Michele Roberts on Thursday "met with the new Commission on College Basketball" in DC to discuss the "one-and-done draft entry rule," according to sources cited by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com. Silver and Roberts "delivered the league and union perspectives on issues facing the basketball industry, including ways that changing the dynamics of the NBA draft could impact the pro and college games." The meeting was "described as informational in nature, although the NCAA ultimately has no formal say in rules governing the league's early-entry rules." There is a "growing belief within the league that Silver's desire to end the one-and-done ... could be pushing the sport closer to high school players having the opportunity to directly enter the league again." However, for that change to happen, the NBPA would "probably need to cede the one-and-done rule and agree to a mandate that players entering college must stay two years before declaring for the draft." The union has "long wanted" players to be able to "enter the NBA draft out of high school, but they ceded that" in the '06 CBA (ESPN.com, 11/16).
ANOTHER SET OF EYES: In L.A., David Wharton notes the Pac-12 "held the initial meeting of a task force designed to address systemic issues facing all college sports." The 12-member group will "focus on a variety of subjects including recruiting, agent relationships, shoe company partnerships and the 'one and done' trend." The group will "hold a series of meetings with the goal of issuing recommendations in March." Its findings "will be shared with the NCAA" (L.A. TIMES, 11/17).