No, this article isn’t really about dissecting the ‘what ifs’ around Dennis Smith Jr spending another year in Raleigh. In fact, if this rule had been in place, it’s likely Dennis Smith Jr would have never landed at NC State to begin with.
The rule we’re talking would force any player who plays college basketball to stay for at least 2 years.
ESPN story on Adam Silver and NBPA’s Michele Roberts meeting with NCAA commission on issues that include the shaky status of one-and-done legislation. https://t.co/Cwk4ouYRvQ
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 17, 2017
According to numerous sources, the NBA commissioner met with the NCAA commission to discuss getting rid of the ‘One-and-done’ rule. The thinking is that a new rule would move into its place. That rule would allow players to go straight to the pros if they think they can cut it, however, those who opt to go to college are forced to stay for at least 2 years.
This potential change has the basketball world split. Some like the ‘one-and-done’ rule and thinks it allows players to ‘test out’ college to see how they compete against the nation’s best. If they are dominant, they can leave and pursue their dreams.
The new rule would leave them with a tough choice. See if they can make it in the pros and forgo their college eligibility, or invest a minimum of two years in school before you can make the jump.
I completely understand both sides here. One side is fighting for player freedom, the other is fighting for league stability. However, I think if you want the biggest win/win, you go with the new rule and force kids to stay for 2 years.
I say that because you are giving them freedom to choose, albeit a little earlier than they may like. However, it kind of balances the power.
Right now, the players run the show. They come in and use college programs because they are forced to. They don’t really buy into the whole team unity thing, they aren’t really dedicated to winning a national championship. We all know that most are there to improve their stock for the coming NBA Draft.
This also isn’t really fair to coaches. You recruit the most talented kids you can find and you want them to succeed, but if they do, they leave. Then you better have another one coming up right behind them or you could suffer a down year, which in today’s landscape, could cost you your job.
It’s also good for the kids. Look, I know people want to preach freedom for these kids, but they’re 17 or 18 years old. They don’t know what’s good for them and they shouldn’t be expected to. They also shouldn’t be forced to make decisions alongside adults whose eyes are lighting up at the thought of that NBA money. It’s just an overall poisonous situation. We’ve been around recruiting a lot doing this website, and it’s just a grimy game with a lot of people who are in it only for the money.
Make a kid stay for two years and you’re integrating them into a team atmosphere with a coach who hopefully is looking after them and helping them become men. It makes them go to class for at least a year and start earning credits towards a degree. It allows them to be a kid for just a little longer.
The NBA wins too. They get to grow their G-League with the kids who opt to pass on college but aren’t ready for the NBA (gives them a minor league type situation), and it gives them more well-rounded kids coming out of college who are a year older and more prepared for the NBA.
So the NCAA may have a few less talented guys. That’s fine. The draw for most college basketball fans isn’t the ‘one-and-done’ guy playing for themselves. It’s the group of kids who sign up to play for the team on the front of their jersey, in hopes of doing well enough to make it to the next level.
I’m all in for the 2 year rule. What about you?
4-Star F Dontrez Styles: “I love everything about NC State”
4-Star Dontrez Styles showed out at the John Wall Holiday Invitational last week, averaging 20.6 points over 3 games, recording double-doubles in 2 of them (10 rebounds each). Styles earned All-Tournament team honors.
NC State has made the standout out of Kinston High School a priority, according to 247Sports’ Evan Daniels.
Which school has prioritized him?
“N.C. State,” Style said. “They contact me every day to be honest and they tell me that they need me.”
“I love everything about them,” he added when asked about them. “They are a great school. Coach [Kevin] Keatts is a great coach. I love it.” (247)
247Sports ranks Styles as the #76 player nationally in the 2021 class, and the #2 player in the state of North Carolina.
NC State Watched 4-Star C Roosevelt Wheeler Last Night
NC State Men’s Basketball coaches were in attendance last night watching 4-Star 2021 Center Roosevelt Wheeler (6’10″/220) of John Marshall High School (Richmond, VA).
NC State, VCU & Wake Forest was in to watch Top 50 big man Roosevelt Wheeler tonight. pic.twitter.com/stCgTzOJt1
— Team Loaded AAU Basketball (@TeamLoadedBBall) December 13, 2019
NC State has made an early impression on Wheeler. After offering the standout from Virginia in August of last year, Wheeler decided to take an early Official Visit to NC State back in September.
Wheeler is ranked as the #55 overall player nationally according to Rivals, and the #9 Center. 247Sports ranks him as the #67 overall player, the #12 Center, and the #3 player in the state of Virginia.
Every single member of the NC State coaching staff has connections to the state of Virginia. Head Coach Kevin Keatts coached at Hargrave Military Academy for over a decade, and is a native of Lynchburg. Assistant Coach James Johnson is a native of Powhatan, Virginia, and coached at Longwood College, Hargrave Military Academy, George Mason and Virginia Tech, which are all in the Commonwealth. Assistant Takayo Siddle played for, and served as a coach with Keatts at Hargrave. Assistant Roy Roberson coached 20+ years in the state of Virginia.
NC State has made Wheeler a top priority in 2021.
Wheeler also holds offers from Georgetown, VCU, Wake Forest and ODU.
Keatts Watched 4-Star F Dontrez Styles This Week
NC State head coach Kevin Keatts watched 4-Star 2021 Forward Dontrez Styles (6’7″/205) on Tuesday night.
BREAKING: N.C. State basketball coach Kevin Keatts will be in attendance at tonight's Washington-Kinston game to watch Dontrez Styles (@D_styles4) play for the Vikings. Come on out and see two undefeated teams AND the Wolfpack coach! @PackAthletics @TheWolfpacker
— Bryan Hanks (@BCHanks) December 10, 2019
The Wolfpack offered Styles back on July 16th.
Styles is listed as a Small Forward by 247Sports, and a Power Forward by Rivals. 247Sports ranks him as the #105 overall player in the nation, the #25 Small Forward and the #2 player in the state of North Carolina. Rivals ranks him as the #78 overall player in the nation, and the #20 Power Forward.
He also holds offers from Georgetown, Maryland, Mississippi, Pittsburgh, Clemson, DePaul, St. John’s, VCU and others.
Styles plays for Kinston High School, and is thankful that Keatts was at his game.
Kinston's Dontrez Styles on Kevin Keatts at his game last night, "I love everything about NC State, great program and coaching staff. It means a lot to see them at my game."
— Justin Byerly (@JustinByerly) December 12, 2019
NC State Commits Nick Farrar & Shakeel Moore Pick up 4th Star at ESPN
ESPN really likes NC State’s 2020 Men’s Basketball recruiting class, which they rank 7th nationally.
They have recently upgraded Wolfpack signees Forward Nick Farrar and Guard Shakeel Moore to 4-Star prospects, which means that ESPN now ranks ALL 5 of NC State’s signees as 4-star prospects now.
As you can see above, according to ESPN’s rankings, NC State has signed the #3, #4, #5, and #6 players in the state of North Carolina.
What you can’t see above is that ESPN also ranks Center Ebenezer Dowuona as a 4-Star prospect, and the #10 player in the state of Georgia.
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