Originally written on Juiced Sports Blog  |  Last updated 11/15/14

SCOTT JACOBS

Austin Rivers is off to the NBA according to sources close to the shooting guard, freshman sensation from Duke. Zero people should be shocked by this announcement. The top high school recruit in the country was pretty much a lock to bolt for the NBA if he had even a decent season (He was first team All ACC so yeah, I’d say he did that).

This really isn’t about Rivers though, who is expected to be a top 15 lottery selection in the 2012 Draft. This is about the need for change, to re-establish college basketball continuity. Michigan State shot under 30% yesterday and they were a #1 seed! Louisville is a 4 seed that looked horrible halfway through this season and now they’re rolling. Kentucky has 4 upperclassmen on their entire team!

As for Duke, this used to be the program of stability. Players NEVER left until there junior seasons and even then that was rare. But since Luol Deng in 2004, Duke and Coach K have slowly lost their iron fist on their youngsters. With Kyrie Irving going #1 this past year and Rivers a good bet to go high as well, Duke is dealing with a new Era of flashy 1 and outs.

College hoops is suffering for it. Either take these guys out of high school NBA, or make em go to college for at least 2-3 years (like MLB does). There’s a reason dominating teams are a thing of the past in college hoops: it’s because players haven’t been on the same team for 3-4 years.

What do you think: is continuity in college hoops ancient history? Would you like to see the NBA change their draft eligibility rules?

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