It’s the bane of a college basketball coach’s existence right now – one and done. Players–who these coaches work tirelessly to recruit–play for one single season in college, and then move on to cash in playing in the NBA.
Some say its killing college basketball, and at the same time diluting the quality of the NBA game, but Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari doesn’t see a problem with it, other than the name itself.
From a CBSSports.com report, Calipari is tired of the negative connotation associated with players leaving after a single year of college, and he wants to change the moniker from “One and Done” to “Succeed and Proceed”.
He managed to conjur the nifty little lilt on such a hot button topic with help from the Kentucky fan base who made suggestions made suggestions to a local Kentucky radio station.
“It will be on T-Shirts,” Calipari said.
With so many arguments on both sides of this issue, it’s hard to argue with Cal’s logic. Outside of the NBA putting age restrictions on players the way the NFL does, there isn’t much chance of convincing players to stay in school for another year or to on the chance they might win a championship (with no money attached to it) rather than bolting for the NBA and some fat paychecks.
It’s also hard to argue with Calipari’s success at Kentucky simply reloading year after year, but there is some truth to the fact that the quality of young players in the NBA isn’t what it once was.
So is this just a publicity stunt by a man who has always loved the camera, or could a positive spin actually be put on something that’s had such a dark cloud hovering over it for so long?