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NBA Draft - "Minimum age draft rule unfair" says Greg Oden

The minimum age draft rule means elite prospects no longer can jump directly to the NBA and most of them don't like it.

After Amare Stoudemire was the only player drafted out of high school in 2002, five players went preps-to-pros in 2003.  The a record-setting eight high schoolers were selected in the first round in 2004, which also marked the third time in four years that a prep player was the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft (Kwame Brown in 2001, LeBron James in 03’ and Dwight Howard in 04’).

Despite the success preps-to-pros players have experienced, basketball purists cried that something had to be done.  NBA commissioner David Stern agreed.

So when the NBA and its players association negotiated a new collective bargaining agreement this past summer, Stern got his way, and an age minimum was instituted.  Beginning in 2006, a player must be 19 and one year removed from high school before he ca be drafted. 

In the 2005 draft, the last to allow the preps-to-pros jump, a record nine high school players were taken, but only three went in the first round. 

Ten years after Kevin Garnett ushered in the modern preps-to-pros craze in 1995, an era was over.  Garnett, Kobe Bryant and Tracy McGrady were all produced in that era.  It was an era that had an incredible impact not only the NBA but on college and high school basketball.

Over and over, this issue is weighed in about whether the new rule is positive or negative many have debated its potential impact and countless other angles.  But how do high school players feel about having the straight-to-the-NBA option taken away?  Most aren’t fans of the decision. 

Some criticize the NBA for setting the age at 19 when its initial hope was for an age minimum of 20 that likely would have had greater impact.  Others say the “19 and one year removed from high school” phrasing is confusing and strange.

College as an “option” probably isn’t what Stern envisioned with the age minimum.  And colleges will have to decide whether to extend scholarships to players who might be one-and-done.

There are plenty of prep players who see the wisdom behind the NBA’s thinking, even if they don’t agree with it. 

The three prep players taken in the first round receive guaranteed contracts, but the other six must fight for roster spots.  Not exactly the glamorous life they sought.

Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy senior forward Brandan Wright, a top five recruit in the Class of 2006, says he was thinking about going straight to the pros but doesn’t believe the age minimum is a bad thing.  “It may hurt gus who need the money,” he says, “but it will help people grow and develop.”

Lawrence North (Indianapolis) senior center Greg Oden surely would have been the No. 1 pick in the 2006 draft if not for the new rule. 

“It’s unfair,” Greg Oden says.  “But it’s over with now, so there’s no reason to complain.”

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Trial date set for Greg Oden to face battery charges after allegedly punching ex-girlfriend
The former No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft will stand trial beginning on Oct. 22.

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NBA player Greg Oden, arrested last week in Indianapolis on suspicion of beating up his former girlfriend, punched her in the face three times and broke her nose, according to court documents obtained by the Indianapolis Star.

Oden faces October trial on battery charges
Former NBA No. 1 draft pick Greg Oden is free to leave Indiana while he awaits trial on charges he punched his ex-girlfriend in the face as long as he remains on GPS monitoring, a judge ruled Wednesday. Marion County Superior Court Judge Steven Rubick entered a routine not guilty plea on behalf of Oden and scheduled the free agent center's trial for Oct. 22.

Former No. 1 pick Greg Oden facing felony battery charge after alleged attack of ex-girlfriend
The felony offense carries a penalty of one to six years behind bars if Oden, 26, is convicted.

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Greg Oden was arrested last week and charged with felony battery and two misdemeanors.

Greg Oden charged with felony battery
NBA center Greg Oden is now facing felony battery charges following a recent arrest for allegedly punching his former girlfriend.

Oden charged with felony battery
Former Miami Heat player Greg Oden was charged Monday by Indiana prosecutors with felony battery for allegedly punching his ex-girlfriend in the face during a fight. Oden, 26, was charged in Marion Superior Court in Indianapolis with one count of battery resulting in serious bodily injury, a Level 5 felony, as well as misdemeanor charges of domestic battery and battery resulting in bodily injury ...

Greg Oden must stay on GPS monitoring
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) ‚ÄĒ Basketball player Greg Oden will have to remain on GPS monitoring, a judge said on Wednesday. Oden appeared in a Marion County court for his initial hearing after being charged with felony and misdemeanor battery.

Greg Oden arrested for allegedly punching ex-girlfriend
Former Miami Heat center Greg Oden was arrested early Thursday morning in an Indianapolis suburb on suspicion of punching his ex-girlfriend, police said.

Former top pick Oden released after battery arrest
Police arrested former NBA No. 1 draft pick Greg Oden on battery charges early Thursday, alleging that he punched his ex-girlfriend in the face during a fight. The free agent center, who played for the Miami Heat last season, was arrested early Thursday at his mother's suburban home in Lawrence on two preliminary counts of misdemeanor battery.


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