Mississippi State AD suggests giving players five years of eligibility
Some conference commissioners are open to considering a rule change that would make all freshman ineligible, CBSSports.com's Jon Solomon reports.
While the rule change would affect all sports, Solomon reports the prevalence of "one-and-done" players in basketball is "the main reason" commissioners are interested in a potential rule change.
Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin offered an alternative solution on Twitter Wednesday.
Instead of making freshmen ineligible to play, I’d rather give every athlete five years of eligibility and do away with redshirting.— Scott Stricklin (@ScottStricklin) February 18, 2015
Or, all freshmen are ineligible unless they reach certain HS academic standards. And then they get five years of eligibility as a reward.— Scott Stricklin (@ScottStricklin) February 18, 2015
Freshman have been eligible to play since 1972. Beginning with the 2006 NBA draft, entrants were required to be at least 19 years old and one year removed from high school. Most players who enter the draft one year after graduating from high school have chosen to play one season in college. Others, such as Brandon Jennings and Emmanuel Mudiay, decided to play overseas.
Nine freshmen declared for last year's NBA draft and they were all selected in the first round. The top four picks in the draft were all freshmen.
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