With the NCAA Tournament hitting its peak, Duke Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski was asked about the potential ending of the one-and-done rule. He didn’t just respond. Coach K leaned into the question, even suggesting the governing body of college sports needs to be more proactive.
“The NBA will be well prepared,” Krzyzewski said. “The NCAA is not prepared right now. They need to be in concert with the NBA in developing a plan that is specific for men’s college basketball. And that should include what an athlete gets, how he’s been taken care of, whether or not there’s a re-entry if something — really, it’s deep. And if we only look at it shallow, then we’re doing a disservice to the kids.”
Obviously, Coach K has benefited off the one-and-done rule, as the current version of the Duke Blue Devils feature four likely first round selections in the 2019 NBA Draft.
“I’d love for a group to talk to those gentlemen who are in federal government,” Mike Krzyzewski said. “That’s not being done. So the right fielder’s saying something to left fielder. Like, let’s get into the clubhouse and do it as a team. The kids deserve it.
“And in this time the definition of amateurism — it’s outdated. We need a new model. And with all these things that are changing, it cries out for coordination of creating this new model. If we don’t do it, our game’s going to suffer.”
Carrying the greatest weight in all of the sport, it will be interesting to see if Coach K’s call for action results in anything meaningful.
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