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College basketball 'one-and-done' rule may be coming to an end

This could mean a major change for the college basketball world.

The idea of one-and-done players in college basketball may soon be done.

If you did not know, this rule, which dictates that a player entering the NBA Draft must be at least 19 years old and U.S. players must be one year removed from high school, comes from the National Basketball Association and not the NCAA and was changed just over a decade ago.

Before Game 1 of the NBA Finals, commissioner Adam Silver addressed the state of the league, including the one-and-done rule.

"My sense is it's not working for anyone," Silver said. "It's not working certainly from the college coaches and athletic directors I hear from. They're not happy with the current system. And I know our teams aren't happy either in part because they don't necessarily think that the players are coming into the league are getting the kind of training that they would expect to see among top draft picks in the league."

This is good news for college basketball, as the sport as suffered from players that leave after just one season. It has become increasingly difficult for fans to connect to a team because of the turnover, especially at the likes of the Kentucky's or Duke's of the world, and the interest across the board has wained. It's also hurt the product on the court as these "elite" college players tend to be the younger ones who are one year removed from senior prom and are only at the school because they have to be and not because they want to play for the program.

As for what could change, Silver is not yet sure.

“I think we all agree that we need to make a change,” Silver said. “As I’ve said before, our position, at least our formal position, going into bargaining was that we wanted to raise the minimum age from 19 to 20, and of course their formal position was they want to lower the age from 19 to 18.

“I think it’s one of those issues that we need to come together and study.”

Raising the minimum age to 20 would mean that the majority of NBA Draft prospects would spend two years in college before jumping to the pros. This would not only help their development, but allow fans to get more familiar with the teams and coaches to plan better for what is to come.

There is also a thought of going to a rule similar to the college baseball model where players can get drafted straight out of high school or attend college but then have to stay for at least three years -- although it sounds like the NBA would do just two in this case.

From an Ohio State perspective, this may not change much now. The Buckeyes haven't had a one-and-done player since D'Angelo Russell in the 2014-15 season. After a phenomenal freshman year, Russell declared for the draft and was the No. 2 overall selection by the Los Angeles Lakers.

What this would do for the Scarlet and Gray is potentially even out the field in college basketball. If players must attend for two years, they may not look as much to a program like Kentucky that has become a factory for one-and-dones. It would also let Thad Matta, or whoever is in charge of OSU at the time, plan around players that will stick around, allowing for development.

It will be interesting to see what decisions are made on this rule and the fallout it will have in the college basketball world.

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