If NBA draft age lowers, college basketball will feel the effects

If NBA draft age lowers, college basketball will feel the effects

The prep-to-pro pipeline is likely returning to the NBA, and with it will come major changes in how college basketball teams operate.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reported Monday that the NBA and its players association are “expected to agree” to change the league’s age eligibility for the NBA draft from 19 to 18 in its new CBA, a move that would kick in “as early as the 2024 NBA draft.” That change would open the door for players to go directly from high school into the draft, bypassing college and other development options like the G League’s Ignite program.

So much has changed from both an NBA and college perspective since prep-to-pro was last allowed in 2005, but in the final three years in which it was allowed, 22 total players were drafted directly out of high school. That’s an average of just over seven per year.

NBA draft age eligibility is expected to be lowered from 19 to 18.

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