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New NBA Commissioner Wants To Set The Minimum Player Age To 20


Adam Silver, the NBA's new commissioner, is already making waves in his first week on the job.

It has been reported by Scott Howard-Cooper of that Silver is looking to increase the NBA's minimum age to 20 years old. That would mean that players could no longer come out of high school and simply sail their way through a freshman season in college before jumping to the big leagues. 

If Silver enforces this new rule, its ripples would drastically change NCAA basketball as well. John Calipari, Kentucky's head basketball coach, has had much success in recent years by recruiting big-time players for one year before sending them to the NBA. Imagine the importance of landing a top recruit knowing that he will have to play at least two years in the college ranks.

The academic angle of this potential rule change is in itself intriguing. Star athletes in the NCAA will have truly be student-athletes and keep their grades up for two full years; if Silver gets his wish. Recent comments by Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott reinforce the fact that this issue is important to prominent people both in the NBA and the NCAA.

[Bleacher Report]