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NCAA athletic directors debate allowing all athletes to go pro after high school


At Monday’s NCAA convention athletic directors will debate allowing all prep athletes to go straight form high school to the professional ranks, according to Teddy Greenstein.

The three big professional elagues in North America, the NFL, NBA and MLB impose their own rules on imposing age limits, so the athletic directors don’t have the authority to make a rule allowing prep athletes to be allowed to forgo college in favor of the pro ranks.

The NFL rule states you need to be three years removed form your graduating class of high school to be allowed to enter the NFL draft, NBA requires one year after high school before being draft-eligible and the MLB allows you to be drafted out of high school to play in the minor leagues. However, if you enter college you are not eligible for three years.

As Greenstein tweets, there should be three avenues for prep athletes after graduating from college.

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This certainly will cause quite the debate, so if you think Jabari Parker should have been eligible for the NBA draft before playing a season at Duke or Jadeveon Clowney should have been allowed to enter last year’s NFL draft, voice your opinion in the comments section below.

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