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Report: NBA could eliminate one-and-done rule as soon as 2020 draft

Adam Silver

The NBA and the NBPA have started conversations on potentially eliminating the one-and-done draft rule, which would allow high school seniors to enter the NBA Draft, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

If talks are successful, this measure will be enforced starting with the 2020 NBA Draft at the earliest.

According to Jonathan Givony of ESPN, 236 players filed as early-entry candidates for the 2018 NBA Draft. Out of them, there are 181 college players and 55 international players — a mark significantly higher from last year, which had 182 players (137 college, 45 international) — an increase of 30 percent.

The list, which was provided by the College Basketball Commission, noted a change to also give the opportunity for undrafted players to return to college basketball — a monumental change, given that even the expanding G League would be unable to accommodate non-prospects, often forcing them to look for opportunities overseas.

Talks between the NBA and the players’ association won’t have an immediate impact on this or the next draft, but fans could see high school talent in the NBA as soon as 2020, which is a big progress from previous years, in which the notion was quickly dismissed.

Among some of the best high school players available this year are Canada’s R.J. Barrett, Nassir Little, Bol Bol, and Zion Williamson.