And apparently John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats could be the “losers”. I know there was much excitement when the new NBA CBA was announced and there was a lot of speculation that there would be a 20 year age limit and that the current roster of UK freshmen would have to stay two years before entering the NBA Draft.
Sean Deveny of the Sporting News broke down the winners and the losers of the CBA and surprisingly, listed Anthony Davis and Andre Drummond as “winners” with the new agreement.
Anthony Davis and Andre Drummond. The NBA did ask for a new 20-year-old age limit, but that has been tabled, and whatever changes the league makes in its draft entry rules, it won’t affect this season. That means super-freshmen like Davis and Drummond will be on the board.
This whole situation is really confusing however as ESPN’s Eamonn Brennan is reporting that this may not be dead after all:
As of Monday, the age limit remains up for debate. The NBA is in favor of extending the limit to two years, giving the league’s GMs a better look at incoming players in hopes of avoiding the high-profile draft mistakes that led to the one-and-done rule in the first place. The players oppose this rule in theory. They believe it is unfair, and they’re probably right, because why is it an 18-year-old’s fault that an NBA GM falls in love with that player’s “length?” But it’s been a while since the players have actually had to deal with it, and they notably agreed to a one-year age limit when this expired collective bargaining agreement was hatched in 2006. Could the same thing happen again?
According to what Brennan wrote, it seems that it is more likely that the players concede on the age issue and if that is the case, it’s good news for Kentucky:
There are arguments to be had — and believe me, they will be had — about the ethics of such a rule. Is it a good thing prep players have to spend two years on a college campus? Probably! Is it unfair? Also probably!
But if the age limit is changed, these arguments will soon cede the foreground to the practical reality of the situation, which is undeniably good for college basketball at large. It means more top talents at more teams for a longer period of time. It means this year’s promising freshmen are sure to be next year’s monster sophomores. It means drastic changes to the way many programs scout and recruit talent on a yearly basis. It means look out 2012-13 Kentucky Wildcats. It will change so much about the sport. At least right now, many of those changes appear to be for the positive.
It is worth noting that Brennan’s piece came out after the Sporting News piece. Contract labor negotiations are not my forte though and for now it is more watching and waiting to see how this age limit issue sorts itself out.