CardinalSports.comThe age 20 rule that may be part of the NBA's new CBA may keep players like Francisco Garcia from going pro this year. GM's are expecting a flood of both high school and international players who would have to wait for the 2007 draft if the rule is included in the new CBA.
"Here's our plan with Francisco- I said here's the situation- in other years you would be drafted from about 8 to 15, but because every agent in the world is telling every high school kid and every college kid to go out because of the 20 year age rule, there's more competition," said Louisville coach Rick Pitino. "Foreign as well, this could be one of the strongest drafts in maybe 10 years."
All year long Garcia has been stating that he'd be turning pro, but after a four=point performance in the Final Four and with stiffer competition, he might just return for this senior season.
"We've talked about it many times. Because of the 20 age rule, which I do think will go in- the commissioner wants it, the office wants it. And what's the big deal about coming back, you could spend another year at the greatest University in the world. That's not so bad.
What are your thoughts on having an age limit for players in the NBA Draft? Would it be better for the NBA as a league or does it matter that players that are going from the high school game to the NBA now?