Basketball Resources

Publish date: Dec 2, 2010

Details on NBA Age Rule

The "one- and- done" rule, as it is commonly referred to, is part of the labor agreement between the NBA and the NBA Players Association. Many falsely believe it is an NCAA regulation.

  • The rule, which took effect in 2006-07, mandates draft entrants must be a year out of high school and meet the minimum age requirement of 19 before they are eligible for the NBA draft.
  • It is important to note the NCAA had no input into its formulation but supports the rule for a variety of reasons.
  • The NCAA believes the rule stresses to high school basketball players the need to take their academics seriously so they can be eligible to compete in college, and exposes them to college academics and better coaching.
  • The impact of the "one-and-done" rule on college basketball is generally overstated, because it applies to only a select few extraordinarily talented basketball student-athletes out of the more than 16,000 student-athletes who play college basketball.