David Stern Hopes To Change NBA Age Rule
NBA Commissioner David Stern said Tuesday that he “would love to add a year” to the current age requirement for the league, according to ESPN.com.
The current limit requires American players to be 19 years old and a year removed from high school. According to ESPN, the league wasn’t able to change the eligibility rules during collective bargaining in 2011 and the NBPA would only agree to form a committee to discuss changes. The system has been in place since 2005 and ended the process of players joining the NBA out of high school. It has also resulted in many players becoming “one-and-done” in college – playing one season and then entering the NBA Draft. Notable players to play one college season before joining the NBA since the new rule include first overall picks John Wall (2010 – Kentucky) and Kyrie Irving (2011 – Duke).