Louisville Coach Rick Pitino was asked about his views on the one-and-done rule, and the NBA’s control over how that rule is handled, during his press conference from the NCAA Tournament site in Seattle on Saturday.
Pitino said — if it were up to him — high school basketball players would not have to go to college before starting their NBA careers. Of course, he noted, it’s not up to him.
“It’s in the hands of the NBA and the (NBA) Players Union,” he said. “They really determine it. What we want — we obviously have a committee set up to try to make recommendations, but it’s really not in our hands. It’s in the (NBA) Commissioner’s hands as well as the Players Union. And agents have a lot to say with the Players Union. I would think that the Players Union would go for high school kids. I’m very much in favor of high school kids going pro. I had six young men commit to me out of high school that didn’t go to college, that went to the pros. I’m very much for that. Because they didn’t want college. They wanted to go to the NBA. And if they decide to go to the D league, that’s fine with them. But the six, seven month education, online classes second semester. I don’t know what that does for a young person.”
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