John Calipari On One-And-Done Rule: “I’ve Said For Years It Should Be Two Years”, Baseball Rule Won’t Work

When reporters have questions about the efficacy of the one-and-done rule, John Calipari is a go-to source for a good quote. Few, if any, coaches have the experience with one-and-done freshmen that Calipari does, and his experiences have shaped some interesting opinions on the rule. 

Today during an SEC conference call, he went into great deal about his thoughts on the one-and-done rule, and how it should be changed for the players’ benefit. One of the most interesting tidbits? He thinks that it should be two-and-done, and he doesn’t think baseball’s model of players entering the draft out of high school, or choosing at least three years of college, would work for basketball today.

Well, I’ve said for years it should be two years. If you’re going to let them go out of high school then let them go whenever. The baseball rule won’t work in this environment because there’s no minor-league stuff, so my belief is it should be two years.

Calipari also goes into NBA rookie contract length, players who return to college receiving help with insurance, the Mitch McGary situation, and various other issues surrounding the NBA’s one-and-done rule. Calipari/Kentucky fan or not, he makes some very compelling points about this hot-button issue.


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