The ‘One and Done’ Issue

By Eric D. Graham, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: May 31, 2010

John Calipari

John Calipari

NORTH CAROLINA (BASN) — There’s a the new trend in college basketball now known as the “one-and-done”.

It refers to a basketball player, who after his freshman year makes the financial decision to leave college in order to enter the NBA draft.

The Denver Nuggets’ Carmelo Anthony is probably the most accomplished “one-and-done” athlete because Anthony won the NCAA title in 2003 as a freshman at the University of Syracuse before bolting to the NBA.

Anthony’s transition from college to the pros however hasn’t been an easy one, because several times throughout his young career, he has shown his immaturity on and off the court. But over the years, he has grown and developed into an outstanding player and young man.

Like Anthony, Kevin Durant from the University of Texas, continued the one-and-done fad when he was selected as the second overall pick by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 2007 NBA Draft.

And within one year, Durant, despite his age, evolved into a budding superstar for the Oklahoma Thunder, where he was named 2007-08 Rookie of the Year as well as a NBA All-Star a year later.

But to be honest, the term one-and-done has been made famous by Kentucky’s controversial coach John Calipari, who in the last three years has guided point guards Derrick Rose (Chicago), Tyreke Evans (Sacramento) and this season freshman phenom, John Wall, the projected No.1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, to leave college after one year to pursue the NBA.

But Calipari’s promotion of the one-and-done philosophy is impacting not only his UK players but the NCAA as a whole. For instance, in this year’s NBA Draft there are ten players, who have decided to test the waters of the one-and-done phenomenon.

They are Derrick Favors (Georgia Tech), Keith Gallon (Oklahoma), Xavier Henry (Kansas), Tommy-Mason Griffin (Oklahoma), and Lance Stephenson (Cincinnati).

But we, however, shouldn’t be surprised by the fact that the remaining players on this one-done list all come out of John Calipari’s Kentucky to the Pros pipeline, which include former Wildcats Demarcus Cousins, Eric Bledsoe, Daniel Orton, and of course, John Wall.

But UK fans shouldn’t be upset by their early departure.

Because Terrence Jones, a 6-foot-9 forward from Portland, Oregon, who is a McDonald’s All-American and two-time state player of the year just signed a scholarship letter with the University of Kentucky.

Stat wise, Jones averaged 32 points, 14 rebounds and five assists per game while leading Jefferson High School to consecutive 5-A basketball title in 2009-10. The sad thing for these loyal Wildcat fans; however is Jones probably will be gone in one year.

It’s one and done.