Move over, ‘Melo.
Derrick Rose? Kevin Durant? John Wall? Next.
The days of the infamous “One-and-Done” college basketball player are behind us. Welcome to the dawn of the “Half-and-Done-ers.”
To the surprise of nobody, Kansas Freshman guard, Josh Selby, announced today – via Twitter – that he will forgo his sophomore, junior and senior seasons and enter this June’s NBA draft. This on the heels of last week’s announcement out of Durham, NC which saw Duke guard, Kyrie Irving take the same step.
Due to the NBA’s age restriction, we have witnessed a host of talented players pass, briefly, through the ranks of amateurs for a full season while they placed their dreams of professional basketball on hold for one, often spectacular year. It’s not a new phenomenon.
But most of these players PLAYED an entire season in college before heading off to richer pastures. So, the announcements from Selby and Irving offer a rare glimpse at two young players who both missed significant portions of their one and only collegiate season. Selby missed the first 9 games of the season awaiting the NCAA’s decision on his eligibility…and then 3 additional games later in the season due to a foot injury. Irving missed the last 3 months of the regular season for the Blue Devils before returning in the NCAA Tournament.
In their short time on the court, each player made contributions to their team. Irving was second on the team in points per game (17.5) and assists per game (4.3) while playing and was a significant factor for Mike Krzyzewski’s squad. Selby, while never finding the stride he showed when he was so heavily recruited out of high school, showed flashes of the player he could be with impressive offensive numbers in several games for the Jayhawks.
But, both Selby and Irving – rivals.com’s No. 1 and 2 point guards, respectively, in the 2010 class – played partial seasons at best. And, now that their time in college is done, they can move on to bigger (richer) and better (MUCH richer) things without leaving too much of an impact at all on the college game.
Here’s hoping they both get more of a chance to show the nation what they’re capable of at the next level.