College Basketball’s Monopoly On Top Tier 18-Year-Old Players May End

Some players might get paid legally.



The college basketball industry now has competition in its quest to get the best high school basketball players. The National Basketball Association and that just might mean that college basketball’s stranglehold on getting those players who view college basketball as just a one-year stepping stone into the NBA is done. Since the NBA decided to ban players who just left high school for a year in 2005, colleges have recruited the top high school players knowing that the likelihood of them staying beyond one year was slim. NCAA coaches adapted to what was dubbed one and done, a player would come in for a year and make the team better then leave.

It seems not many people liked the one and done concept and the NBA was leaning to allowing the most talented 18-year olds into the league but set no date for that to happen. The NBA though its development league will slowly bring 18-year olds back into the fold. First step, identifying the top players and then offering them $125,000 to play in the NBA’s G League for a year. Colleges allegedly won’t spent for players but the G League will and that could be a major problem for colleges who make money off of the best basketball players who look at the college game as a year between high school and the NBA. Those players won’t have to worry about hiring an agent, getting paid and selling their likenesses. They get the money, these players are not going to college for an education unless they consider education an opportunity to apprentice in the business of college basketball. The world of college basketball may or may not be changing. The industry is being investigation by federal authorities for corruption and three men were found guilty of fraud in player recruitment. College basketball, after all is a business.