Ariz. Coach Swears Off 1-Year Wonders

Olson calls NBA rule "farce," plans to push for changes benefiting college basketball
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2008 2:55 PM CDT
Arizona coach Lute Olson calls the NBA rule that results in top prospects spending just one year in college before going pro a "farce."   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Lute Olson is sick of an NBA rule that results in top basketball prospects spending just one year in college, the Los Angeles Times reports, and says he'll no longer recruit such players for his University of Arizona program. Olson, who's seen the rule cost Arizona two top players this spring alone, calls it a "farce" and say he'll push for changes.

Olson thinks players should have a choice: turn professional right out of high school or commit to two or more years of college. Though lobbying college rulemakers is one route, Olson's Syracuse counterpart says coaches must hope for a change after the NBA's current labor deal expires in 2011. Jim Boeheim will still recruit top stars: "Guys will leave," he said. "It's a fact of life."