Standpoint: should the players skip college and come into the NBA right away?

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ESPN analyst discusses the possibility of players going from the high school straight to the NBA again, as LeBron James, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, Tracy McGrady, and Amare Stoudemire did successfully in the 1990s and 2000s.

In the past drafts, high school players were also eligible to be selected by the NBA teams. However, starting in the 2006 draft, high school players were not eligible to enter the draft directly after graduating from high school. The rules now state that high school players will gain eligibility for draft selection one year after their high school graduation, and they must also be at least 19 years old as of the end of the calendar year of the draft. Some players have chosen to use that year to play professionally overseas, for example, such as Brandon Jennings (Italy), Emmanuel Mudiay (China), and Terrance Ferguson (Australia).

Any players who are not an “international player” must be at least one year out of the graduation of his high school class for them to qualify for the upcoming draft.

Not many high school players went directly to the NBA draft for almost 20 years after Darryl Dawkins in 1975 because of the exposure of the college games.

Draft Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality Draft team

1962
4 29 Reggie Harding C  United States Detroit Pistons
1975 1 5 Darryl Dawkins C  United States Philadelphia 76ers
1975 2 19 Bill Willoughby F/C  United States Atlanta Hawks
1995 1 5 Kevin Garnett F  United States Minnesota Timberwolves
1996 1 13 Kobe Bryant G  United States Charlotte Hornets
1996 1 17 Jermaine O’Neal F/C  United States Portland Trail Blazers
1997 1 9 Tracy McGrady F  United States Toronto Raptors
1998 1 25 Al Harrington F  United States Indiana Pacers
1998 2 32 Rashard Lewis F  United States Seattle SuperSonics
1998 2 40 Korleone Young F  United States Detroit Pistons
1999 1 5 Jonathan Bender F  United States Toronto Raptors
1999 1 29 Leon Smith C  United States Dallas Mavericks
2000 1 3 Darius Miles F  United States Los Angeles Clippers
2000 1 23 DeShawn Stevenson G  United States Utah Jazz
2001 1 1 Kwame Brown F  United States Washington Wizards
2001 1 2 Tyson Chandler C  United States Los Angeles Clippers
2001 1 4 Eddy Curry C  United States Chicago Bulls
2001 1 8 DeSagana Diop C  Senegal Cleveland Cavaliers
2001 2 46 Ousmane Cisse F  Mali Denver Nuggets
2002 1 9 Amar’e Stoudemire F/C  United States Phoenix Suns
2003 1 1 LeBron James F  United States Cleveland Cavaliers
2003 1 23 Travis Outlaw F  United States Portland Trail Blazers
2003 1 26 Ndudi Ebi F  United Kingdom
 Nigeria
Minnesota Timberwolves
2003 1 27 Kendrick Perkins C  United States Memphis Grizzlies
2003 2 48 James Lang C  United States New Orleans Hornets
2004 1 1 Dwight Howard F/C  United States Orlando Magic
2004 1 4 Shaun Livingston G  United States Los Angeles Clippers
2004 1 12 Robert Swift C  United States Seattle SuperSonics
2004 1 13 Sebastian Telfair G  United States Portland Trail Blazers
2004 1 15 Al Jefferson F  United States Boston Celtics
2004 1 17 Josh Smith F  United States Atlanta Hawks
2004 1 18 J. R. Smith G  United States New Orleans Hornets
2004 1 19 Dorell Wright G/F  United States Miami Heat
2005 1 6 Martell Webster G/F  United States Portland Trail Blazers
2005 1 10 Andrew Bynum C  United States Los Angeles Lakers
2005 1 18 Gerald Green F  United States Boston Celtics
2005 2 34 C. J. Miles G  United States UtahJazz
2005 2 35 Ricky Sánchez F  Puerto Rico Portland Trail Blazers
2005 2 40 Monta Ellis G  United States Golden State Warriors
2005 2 45 Louis Williams G  United States Philadelphia 76ers
2005 2 49 Andray Blatche F  United States
 Philippines
Washington Wizards
2005 2 56 Amir Johnson F  United States Detroit Pistons
2015 2 52 Satnam Singh C  India Dallas Mavericks
2016 1 10 Thon Maker F/C  Sudan
 South Sudan
 Australia
Milwaukee Bucks
2018 1 24 Anfernee Simons G  United States Portland Trail Blazers