HoopsHype Larry Scott rumors
Aaron Gordon will leave for the NBA, the latest to join college basketball’s one-and-done fraternity. Already, draftexpress.com has Gordon going No. 4 in its 2014 mock draft behind two other one-and-done players, Kansas wing Andrew Wiggins and Kentucky forward Julius Randle. Larry Scott has had enough. The Pac-12 Commissioner isn’t dribbling alone here, obviously. The sport’s one-and-done rule has been dissected for years, provoking much discussion but little change. But with college sports on the brink of overhaul, Scott feels it’s time to alter a system that lets student-athletes “be on our campuses for less than 12 months.” Arizona Republic
“It’s crazy what’s going on,” Scott said. “We’ve managed with the NFL and football to have a reasonable policy that allows kids to go pro at the appropriate time. We’ve managed to do it in baseball. Basketball’s the only sport where we haven’t managed to come up with a responsible policy and the blame is with the NBA, the NBA Players Association and the NCAA, so now’s the time to take ownership of it. We’ve got time. We’ve made major changes in football. Now there’s time to make major changes in basketball.” Arizona Republic
Scott didn’t offer a specific solution, but it sounded as if he favored keeping students on campus for at least two years. “There’s new leadership coming in to the NBA Players Association, and this is something that the conferences are going to be more engaged in,’’ he said. “There are great models out there. We don’t need to reinvent the wheel. We have a menu of options with other sports and other sports leagues.” Arizona Republic
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