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Old 07-09-2005, 10:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Can you STILL go pro after high school?

In regards to the new CBA, would it be possible that a high school player not go to college and play in the CBA, USBL or even sign a one year contract overseas for a year? What happens if there is a player that doesn't have the scores for college (like Garnett) or really needs the cash and isn't willing to take money from boosters and ruin his rep?
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Re: Can you STILL go pro after high school?

Yes. I think a lot of people are worried about guys blowing off college and playing in a pro league for one year. Maybe a prep school. Players have to be one year removed from high school regardless if they're 19 right?
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Yes. I think a lot of people are worried about guys blowing off college and playing in a pro league for one year. Maybe a prep school. Players have to be one year removed from high school regardless if they're 19 right?
Nope. As long as you are one year removed from High school your fine. Take Kevin Durant, when he graduates HS he'll be 17, and after the year removed from HS is over, he can go to the NBA. And he'll only be 18.
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Nope. As long as you are one year removed from High school your fine. Take Kevin Durant, when he graduates HS he'll be 17, and after the year removed from HS is over, he can go to the NBA. And he'll only be 18.

I'm not so sure about that. I think the age limit is pretty firm. I don't think he can get into the NBA at 18 even if he is one year removed from HS.
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I'm not so sure about that. I think the age limit is pretty firm. I don't think he can get into the NBA at 18 even if he is one year removed from HS.
No he's right. Kevin Durant is not being penalized for graduating from HS a year early. It's 19 or a year removed from HS. He will be allowed into the NBA. Since he did his year (in the NBDL or at Texas where he committed) out of HS, he will be allowed.

For example, if Andrew Bynum had went to UConn, he could have been there for only a year and still been eligible, even though he would have only been 18 years old in 2006.
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No he's right. Kevin Durant is not being penalized for graduating from HS a year early. It's 19 or a year removed from HS. He will be allowed into the NBA. Since he did his year (in the NBDL or at Texas where he committed) out of HS, he will be allowed.

For example, if Andrew Bynum had went to UConn, he could have been there for only a year and still been eligible, even though he would have only been 18 years old in 2006.
Oh, and thanks HKF for the example.
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Re: Can you STILL go pro after high school?

What if a kid drops out of high school?
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What if a kid drops out of high school?
I'm guessing he isn't eligible until 1 year after his class graduates.
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What if a kid drops out of high school?
Well the NBDL age limit is 18 (or graduated from your HS class). If you drop out of HS, then you need to get your GED (if you're not 18). So unless the CBA, USBL or any other crap minor league is going to take you, dropping out of school to try and play basketball is the stupidest thing you could do (if you're not going to get a GED).
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Re: Can you STILL go pro after high school?

If you are a NBA prospect and you drop out of HS you must be a serious head case thats not worth drafting. There are schools all over the country that will do anything to keep an All-American eligable and have him even walk out with a degree.
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Re: Can you STILL go pro after high school?

If you did want to drop out during high school, your only good choice would be overseas for now.
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Re: Can you STILL go pro after high school?

My question about the age limit and the NBDL is this:

If we are going to a minor league system like baseball, doesn't a player already have to be drafted by an NBA team to play in the NBDL? And since a player can't be drafted by an NBA team until 1 year out of high school, doesn't that remove the "NBDL for a year" option?

Maybe the NBDL will be split between players already on NBA teams and literal free agents, but it seems to me that that would cause conflicts..
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Re: Can you STILL go pro after high school?

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My question about the age limit and the NBDL is this:

If we are going to a minor league system like baseball, doesn't a player already have to be drafted by an NBA team to play in the NBDL? And since a player can't be drafted by an NBA team until 1 year out of high school, doesn't that remove the "NBDL for a year" option?
I take it, it would be a like a non-union person working with you for a year, to coin analogy like that. Chances are, guys who aren't projected to go pro out of HS, will go to the NBDL because they're not highly regarded enough by the NBA to be drafted after a year in the NBDL. Like Oden, Brandan Wright or Mayo would be. So if you're not that can't miss prospect, the way the NBDL is set up, you're not going to go there.

However, I've been thinking and I think it's more likely that in the next CBA, the NBA age limit will be lowered again (back to 18 for the league), but this time, the draft will be done in conjuction with the NBDL. You'll be drafted right into the NBDL and obligated to play there, if you're not ready. If you are ready, you'll be playing opening day.

Since the NBA has only been doing this for 3 years, they probably needed the age limit, to get their feet wet and feel out the process (for the next 6 years). Then when they finally established how the age limit works and the NBDL has been working under this operation for a few years, you'll start seeing college basketball from a superstar level disappear as the top guys are drafted into the NBDL right out of HS.

It wouldn't surprise me to see a baseball like rule in a few years. Go to the NBDL at 18 (with hopes of the NBA depending on readiness) or 3 years until you're ready. Most of the superstar kids would go to the NBDL, as they do in baseball under that scenario.

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Maybe the NBDL will be split between players already on NBA teams and literal free agents, but it seems to me that that would cause conflicts..
We still don't know how many players will be allocated per team. I'm sure there will be unallocated players playing in the D-League as well. Guys who are also hungry to get into the league will probably come to. We'll see how it shakes down during the early fall.
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