March Madness 2019: NCAA ‘not prepared’ for one-and-done rule change, Mike Krzyzewski says

first_img“The NBA will be well prepared,” Krzyzewski told a press conference. “The NCAA is not prepared right now. They need to be in concert with the NBA in developing a plan that is specific for men’s college basketball. And that should include what an athlete gets, how he’s been taken care of, whether or not there’s a reentry if something — really, it’s deep. And if we only look at it shallow, then we’re doing a disservice to the kids.”The Blue Devils have had a number of highly touted freshman selected in the lottery of the NBA draft in recent years. Related News When first-year standout Zion Williamson sprained his knee due to a freak shoe malfunction in a game against rival North Carolina, he became the face of a recurring argument on whether or not collegiate athletes should be paid.”He got hurt, and then all of a sudden, everything that had to do with college basketball had Zion’s face on it,” Krzyzewski said.Williamson, the presumed first-overall pick in the 2019 draft missed five games after suffering the injury. Had his condition been more serious, he could have missed out on millions of dollars.The freshman downplayed the uproar over the issue when asked about after his team’s first-round win against North Dakota State, but his coach made it clear he thinks the NCAA should make amends with its athletes. March Madness 2019: Will Duke’s Cam Reddish play against Michigan State? Mike Krzyzewski thinks it’s time for some change in college basketball.The Duke coach was asked Saturday about the proposed abolishment of the one-and-done rule the Blue Devils have benefited from in recent years. He responded by saying the NCAA is “not prepared” for the adjustment. “And in this time the definition of amateurism — it’s outdated. We need a new model,”  Krzyzewski said. “And with all these things that are changing, it cries out for coordination of creating this new model. If we don’t do it, our game’s going to suffer.”Duke advanced to the Elite Eight of this year’s NCAA Tournament on Friday. It will face Michigan State on Sunday.last_img

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