NBA looking to get involved in high school basketball

The writing has been on the proverbial wall in regard to ending the NBA's 'one and done' rule. The league now would like to be proactive in the integration of the incoming prep stars.

Kahron Spearman

Brian Windhorst of is reporting that NBA commissioner Adam Silver and numerous advisers have been in partaking in "listening tours and information-gathering missions with an array of stakeholders for months" about ending the league's current "one-and-done" rule. 

As it stands, the rule prevents high school players from joining the league before a year after their final prep year has passed.

However, with the rule change likely a foregone conclusion, the league, and the player's union are looking for ways to better integrate players.

A plan is expected to include the NBA starting relationships with elite teenagers while they are in high school, providing skills to help them develop both on and off the court. It would ultimately open an alternate path to the NBA besides playing in college and a way 18-year-olds could earn a meaningful salary either from NBA teams or as part of an enhanced option in the developmental G League, sources said.

"We are looking at changing the relationship we have with players before they reach the NBA," one high-ranking league official added. "This is a complex challenge, and there's still a lot of discussion about how it's going to happen, but we all see the need to step in."

The elimination of the rule has long been under consideration, with the league even holding a preliminary meeting with DC-based Commission on College Basketball, headed by Condoleeza Rice, this past fall. A follow-up is scheduled for fall, per Windhorst.

The NCAA could also be looking for relief from the scandals that have rocked many blue-blood programs.

The inclusion of the G-League could prove interesting, as much of its untapped potential could be realized with the probable influx of prep stars who like to enter the league directly out of high school.