- Jerome C. Weber. “One-and-Done.” College and University. One-and-Done: An Academic Tragedy in Three Acts Vol. 85, Iss. 2. Fall 2009.
Background: This article talks about what the one-and-done rule is. The NCAA requires students to pass at least six hours in their fall semester in order to have a spring semester. This means that the student just needs to pass two classes to be eligible to play their sport and then once spring semester rolls around, they don’t need to show up to classes, considering that they most likely will not be returning for a second year. The benefit that the players get out of the one-and-done rule is that they get to play a higher level of competitive basketball while also giving the NBA a chance to look at them play more. They also get to make their name more well known for fans so they can profit once in the NBA.
How I Used It: I used this article to show how little effort NBA prospects have to put into the college academic aspect to be later eligible for the NBA. All they have to do is get two D’s in classes and have a good basketball career, and they can see themselves on the way to the NBA. I also pointed out the little benefits that it gives players.
- Chris Dudley. “Money Lessons Learned.” CNBC. Money Lessons learned from pro athletes’ financial fouls. May 14, 2018.
Background: This article talks about how former NBA players go broke within their first five years of not playing anymore. They usually lose their money from scams, reckless spending or unqualified advisors. Players’ savings have to last the rest of their lives while their careers don’t last as long. Basically, money is there until it’s not anymore. Some players after they retire, decide to get a sports job or work in movies. Some players invest in things that will compare them to other professional players, rather than investing in things that they want.
How I Used It: I used this article to show the percent of players who go broke after playing. They have to watch what they do with and who they let have their money because it could eventually disappear. Not everyone has the opportunity to go into TV or become broadcasters to make more money.
- Nate Burleyson. “NBA One-and-Done History.” Medium. The History of NBA Draft Eligibility and the Elimination of the One-and-Done Rule. July 2018.
Background: This article talks about the history of the NBA Draft Eligibility. When the NBA first started, players had to be out of high school for four years, and then Spencer Haywood was able to find a way to bend the rule. This led to players being able to get drafted right out of high school or less than four years of college. In 2005, the one-and-done rule then came along, making players have to be 19 years old and one year out of high school. The Commissioner of the NBA even stated that the NCAA felt that there was no need for the one-and-done rule.
How I Used It: I used this article to give some background history of the one-and-done rule. The article gave incite of how the draft eligibility used to be and how it is now the way it is. It even shows how the NCAA feels about the one-and-done rule.
- Rachel Stark-Mason. “One and Done Dilemma.” NCAA. The One-and-Done Dilemma. Fall 2018.
Background: This article talks about how many players had the opportunity to choose whether they were going to go to college and then the NBA or just straight to the NBA. Then the one-and-done rule came along and players had to be a minimum of 19 years old and have a year of college basketball under their belt before they went to the NBA. Many players began participating in the rule and since 2010, the top 10 draft picks have been freshman from college. The rule is to help prepare players to be physically, emotionally and mentally ready for the NBA. Some fans like seeing the NBA prospects flourish and grow during their college playing.
How I Used It: I used this article to show that players who are in the top of their class coming out of high school, probably won’t benefit from playing college because they will most likely still stay in the top of the draft pick. It would be better to take the opportunity as it comes rather than wait and let something ruin the opportunity.
- Grant Hughes. “The Harm of One-And-Done.” Bleacher Report. Why the NBA’s 1-and-Done Rule Is Causing More Harm Than Good. August 2013.
Background: This article talks about how the one-and-done rule was placed to protect the high school players from the transition straight to the NBA and to give the NBA a better chance to look at their prospects. Players who were ready for the NBA would have to spend a year of going to college, which they had no interest in. Some players would have to watch their families financially struggle while they’re playing in the NCAA. The NBA seems to be the only ones who benefit from the one-and-done rule. The NBA most likely will not get rid of this rule unless there is a legal challenge.
How I Used It: I used this article to help talk about how players have to watch their families financially struggle during that year of playing college basketball when they are unable to make any money. The money they could have made if they went straight to the NBA would have been very useful for their families to get on track financially with their lives.
- Tom Huddleston Jr. “NBA Rookie’s Earnings.” CNBC. Here’s how much the first pick in the 2018 NBA Draft will make as a rookie. June 2018.
Background: This article talks about the salaries of the 2018 NBA draft picks. The first draft pick could expect about $6.8 million, the second pick could expect $6 million and the last player to be drafted in the first round could expect $1.3 million. Players can make even more money once they start getting endorsements.
How I Used It: I used this article to show the salaries that top draft picks could earn. This helped me prove the point that the one-and-done rule is making players miss out on these types of salaries and the players could potentially get injured, completely missing out on this salary.
- Allen Barra. “The NBA Having Players in College.” The Atlantic. Both the NBA and the NCAA Want to Keep Athletes in College for Too Long. April 2012.
Background: This article discusses how the president of the NCAA believes that the one-and-done rule should not be a thing. Some players have no interest in going to college, especially if they’re going to be one of the top drafts in the NBA. The players that do take part in this rule are the only ones benefiting, not the colleges. The NBA benefits from college basketball more than the NCAA benefits from the NBA.
How I Used It: I used this to show how the president of the NCAA thinks of the one-and-done rule. He believes that if someone’s going to be a college player, they need to focus on the college team. The NCAA doesn’t benefit from the rule, if anything, they lose interest from fans.
- Jane Wollmann Rusoff. “Antoine Walker’s Crumble.” ThinkAdvisor. Ex-NBA Star Says He Should’ve Listened to His Financial Advisor. June 2019.
Background: This interview with Antoine Walker talks about how Walker had bad spending habits and put himself into a position where he needed to claim bankruptcy. He also talks about what having a financial advisor is like. He also gives advice to young athletes about what to look for in a financial advisor.
How I Used It: I used this interview to show that money isn’t there forever and that people need to make the right decisions when spending money. Walker was hesitant to trust a financial advisor because he didn’t know the guy on a personal level. He didn’t know if the advisor would have his best interest in mind. He spent and lost so much money that he had to claim bankruptcy before he lost any more money.
- Marc J. Spears. “Drew Gooden Getting College Degree.” The Undefeated. Drew Gooden Fulfills Promise to Earn His College Degree. May 2017.
Background: This article talks about how Drew Gooden got his college degree after his NBA career was over. Gooden finished his degree because of a promise he made to his mother and college coach, and he felt like there was something missing in his life, until he earned the degree. Gooden said it was difficult to earn the degree during the season, so he got it when he finished his career.
How I Used It: I used this article as an example of a former player going back to college to get his degree. Drew Gooden made a promise to people and he wanted to fulfill that promise. He also got the degree for himself because he likes to finish things that he starts and he felt like it wasn’t right to start college and not finish it. It was also a sense of accomplishment for him to be the first man in his family to graduate college.
- Stanley Kay. “John Wall’s Return to College.” Sports Illustrated. John Wall Plans to Return to College This Summer to Pursue Degree, Fulfill Promise to Father. February 2018.
Background: This article discusses John Wall’s decision to return to college in the summer of 2018 to get his degree to fulfill a promise to his father who passed away. Wall realizes that once basketball is over he has to find something else to do with his life and believe in what he wants to achieve.
How I Used It: I used this article to show that NBA players go back to college to finish their pursuit of a college degree for more than just accomplishing another stepping stone in life. John Wall made a promise to his father before he died that he would get his degree, so he wanted to fulfill that promise.