The one and done rule is perhaps one of the most controversial topics in sports. Highly debated and talked about there are few that actually embrace and like this rule. During the Kentucky game yesterday Charles Barkley, an Auburn alum made the comment how he despised the one and done rule.
“John Calipari’s a friend of mine. I love him as a friend. There ain’t one player on this Kentucky team who should go pro early. I hate the one-and-done rule in college basketball. Just ’cause there’s a rule does not mean you have to do it. Listen, Anthony Davis played well enough for him to go pro. … I wish some of these parents would talk to their kids.” “I would love for guys to stay three years,” Barkley said. “I think the best we can really get is two years. … The family members are greedy, the agents are pigs, also. So they tell these kids, ‘Go to college for one year.’ … It’s driven by the agents, to be honest with you, and listen, it’s a corrupt system. … These agents are such scumbags, and you know that, they just want their percentage of the money. You know that. They don’t care about these kids, how well they do in the NBA.”
That’s just Barkley being Barkley and causing a stir. I agree with him however at that a lot of it is money-driven and greedy and not necessarily player-focused. I disagree however that no Kentucky players are NBA ready, I think Nerlens (given he wants to leave) is NBA-ready.
John Calipari is arguably one of the most successful college basketball coaches around. He has embraced the one and done rule and found a system that works with the rule, like it or not. This leaves people like Bobby Knight angry enough to throw a chair…oh wait.
Many people associate Calipari specifically with this rule and his Kentucky program.
All these people are trying to make this one-year rule my rule,”Calipari said in an interview. “When did it become my rule? I don’t even like it.”