Andre Drummond, Andrew Wiggins and Karl Towns: The Risks of Reclassification

December 15th, 2012 by Alexander Smith Leave a reply »

As a part of the 2005 NBA collective bargaining agreement, the league extended NBA Draft eligibility rules to ban high school players from participating. However, like all rules, people have been trying to find loopholes ever since its inception.

 A new trend has begun in prep basketball in which players reclassify ahead a class in order to play at the collegiate level sooner and therefore enter the NBA Draft a year earlier.

From Andre Drummond to Andrew Wiggins to Karl Towns, reclassification is beginning to spread and become ever more common.  Reclassification may help players achieve their life-long dream of reaching the NBA at an earlier date, but reaching the league at a premature age is a risky endeavor.     

In the summer of 2011, Andre Drummond, the consensus top prospect of the 2012 recruiting class, reclassified to the 2011 recruiting class and decided to enroll at UConn sooner than expected. Drummond’s combination of athleticism and size had deemed him destined for the NBA lottery at a young age, and his decision to reclassify would allow him to reap the benefits of NBA glory a year ahead of sche ...

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