Now theNBA wants to raise the age to 20 so it would be 2 years.
These kids are not forced to go to college, they choose to, or their parents make them.
If they don't want to go to college the NBA can't force them to.
The smart thing to do if you think you're ready for the NBA right out of high school would be to go to the NBDL tryouts. If you're really ready you won't have any trouble making a team.
Their age minimum is 18.
I almost went there with a friend this summer just for the hell of it, but decided I didn't want to throw away $250 or $500 (don't remember the price) or the cost of getting to and from Texas. Don't get me wrong I can ball, but I couldn't start on a D-1 team, and definitely couldn't go pro.
...yeah, we'll go with that
I'm just waiting for a High school stud to try out for the NBDL and sign a one-year contract, and then become a free agent after that one season and have all the leverage in the world the next year.
No draft to send you to the crappiest team in the league, but the free power to sign the same kind of deal with whomever you want.
I think they choose to go to college for the one year so that they can get publicity and be praised, not realizing that if they did the NBDL thing, they'd:
- get paid
- not have to worry about classes
- get publicity for going making the decision of going to the NBDL in the first place
- get publicity if they really are as good as they think they are all while, getting paid!!!
Either that or they just don't know this rule, but it's only a matter of time before some kid figures it out.