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NBA drawing closer to making one-and-done rule change

Former Kentucky guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, right, posed with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after he was picked 11th overall by the Charlotte Hornets. After an immediate trade, Gilgeous-Alexander is now with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Former Kentucky guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, right, posed with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after he was picked 11th overall by the Charlotte Hornets. After an immediate trade, Gilgeous-Alexander is now with the Los Angeles Clippers. Associated Press

It appears that the rule that created one-and-done is on the way out.

Commissioner Adam Silver told the NBA's Board of Governors on Tuesday night that the league is ready to eliminate the rule requiring players to be out of high school for a year before becoming draft eligible.

"I think we can create a better system," said Silver, according to the AP.

The AP also reported that the NBA will return to allowing players to enter the league directly out of high school — "something that should be in place for the 2021 NBA Draft, though that timeline has not been formally announced."

Any changes must be negotiated with the NBA Players Association.

"Stay tuned," Michele Roberts, executive director of the NBPA, told the AP. "I suspect we'll have some news in the next few months."

It's no secret Kentucky Coach John Calipari has taken great advantage of the age-restriction rule, which created the one-and-done phenomenon in the sport.

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In his nine seasons at UK, Calipari has had 23 one-and-done players selected in the first round of the NBA Draft, including Kevin Knox (No. 9 overall) and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (No. 11) this season.

Calipari has said he favors the NBA allowing players to enter out of high school. He has also said he wouldn't mind a rule calling for players to spend two years in college before going pro. Either way, he insists, "We'll be fine."

John Calipari's NBA Draft picks at Kentucky

YearPlayerRndPickTeam
2010John Wall11Washington
2012Anthony Davis11New Orleans
2015Karl-Anthony Towns11Minnesota
2012Michael Kidd-Gilchrist12Charlotte
2011Enes Kanter13Utah
2010DeMarcus Cousins15Sacramento
2017De'Aaron Fox15Sacramento
2013Nerlens Noel16New Orleans-c
2015Willie Cauley-Stein16Sacramento
2014Julius Randle17LA Lakers
2016Jamal Murray17Denver
2011Brandon Knight18Detroit
2018Kevin Knox19New York
2017Malik Monk111Charlotte
2018Shai Gilgeous-Alexander111Charlotte-f
2015Trey Lyles112Utah
2015Devin Booker113Phoenix
2010Patrick Patterson114Houston
2017Bam Adebayo114Kentucky
2014James Young117Boston
2010Eric Bledsoe118Oklahoma City-a
2012Terrence Jones118Houston
2016Skal Labissiere128Sacramento
2010Daniel Orton129Orlando
2012Marquis Teague129Chicago
2013Archie Goodwin129Oklahoma City-d
2016Tyler Ulis234Phoenix
2018Jarred Vanderbilt241Orlando-g
2012Doron Lamb242Milwaukee
2015Andrew Harrison244Phoenix-e
2011Josh Harrellson245New Orleans-b
2018Hamidou Diallo245Brooklyn-h
2012Darius Miller246New Orleans
2015Dakari Johnson248Oklahoma City
2011DeAndre Liggins253Orlando


a-traded to LA Clippers







b-traded to New York







c-traded to Philadelphia







d-traded to Phoenix







e-traded to Memphis







f-traded to LA Clippers







g-traded to Denver







h-traded to Oklahoma City





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