Edit: I see some others have hit on some of my points while I was writing and sometimes getting distracted here at work. I don't get why most people seem so adamant about making the NBA rule like baseball, but don't care that football does the same thing. I don't buy the argument that fresh high school graduates aren't ready for football, but they are for basketball. There are some athletes that could play in the NFL right out of high school. If the principle (some athletes are ready straight out of high school) holds for basketball, then it holds for football. Also, why follow the baseball model when the football model is more successful (i.e., college football and pro football are both more popular than college basketball and pro baseball - and I don't think those outcomes are disconnected from these rules) Money may be a factor, but there are other benefits besides money for the rule IMO. - More popularity for college basketball. College basketball is much more exciting when it's an "A-league". If players out of high school can go straight to the NBA, college basketball will hardly ever see any of the great players anymore - particularly if the players have to commit to 3 years of college (or go overseas) if they don't go straight to the NBA. - More popularity for the NBA - which eventually translates to more money for the players we're talking about. Becoming a fan of players during their college years helps bring along a lot of fans and generate interest for the pro game. - Fewer washouts like Kwame Brown - who at least got some big bucks, but also a very forgettable "career" (and hardly ever a smile cracked that I've ever seen). Sure, allowing players to go straight to the pros will work out great for the next LeBron, Kobe or Garnett. But, just about every hot-shot high schooler is going to want to go straight out of high school (even more than when they could do it before) and I think for most that won't be a good thing. Selfishly, I prefer to see the best players play college ball. It'll be a bit of a letdown for me if NCAA basketball becomes essentially a "B-league" for lesser players. But, I think the NBA's proposal has other benefits beyond my viewing pleasure. Plus, it's the NBA's right to make such rules. I wouldn't want to see that taken away either. Although, it would be interesting to see what would happen if another ABA springs up that does sign players straight out of high school.