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College basketball: Big 12 commissioner says basketball's one-and-done rule needs to change

Bob Bowlsby said the transient nature of college basketball is an embarrassment for higher education.
by Berry Tramel Published: February 20, 2013
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photo - FILE - In this July13, 2012, file photo, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby speaks during the NCAA college football Big 12 Media Days in Dallas. (AP Photo/Matt Strasen) ORG XMIT: NY158
FILE - In this July13, 2012, file photo, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby speaks during the NCAA college football Big 12 Media Days in Dallas. (AP Photo/Matt Strasen) ORG XMIT: NY158

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby has some advice for OSU star freshman Marcus Smart: staying in school has its advantages.

Bowlsby has some warning for the current culture of college basketball: change is a must.

Bowlsby spoke Wednesday at the Executive Management Briefings, presented by OSU's Spears School of Business, at the Cox Convention Center.

Among Bowlsby's topics was the transient nature of college basketball, which he called “an embarrassment for higher education.”

Bowlsby said about 10 percent of all major-college basketball players transfer every season, which eventually means on average, 40 percent of a team's roster has transferred.

“It's an astonishing number to me and one we have to change,” Bowlsby said.

One-and-done — players declaring for the NBA Draft after their freshman seasons — has become common.

“I say that knowing Marcus Smart may declare for the draft,” Bowlsby said. “He may be completely ready to go the NBA. He may have family reasons for going to the NBA. But I would suggest another year of college wouldn't be bad for him.”

Bowlsby said the ideal rule for college basketball is the baseball model. Major League teams are allowed to sign players right out of high school, but if a player goes to a four-year college or university, he's ineligible for the draft until after his junior year or until he's 21 years old.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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