"Wiggins, Parker Next in Line for 1-And-Done?"

Wiggins, Parker Next in Line for 1-And-Done?

                Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker  are two of the most talked about NCAA Div. 1 Men’s Basketball recruits as we’ve seen in recent memory, but will they be the next in line to join the growing list of stars to play only one year at their respective schools?

                Parker is set to join a Duke Blue Devil’s squad who surprised a lot of people by making the Elite Eight this year in the tournament and they will look to Parker to take on a leadership role after the departure of multiple key seniors.

                Andrew Wiggins is the latest to draw comparisons to the NBA’s greatest in LeBron James. He is said to be as physically gifted as any athlete to come through the ranks in a long time as well as having a high basketball IQ. Wiggins will join the Kansas Jayhawks this season and the perennial powerhouse looks to compete for another championship this season with the addition of Wiggins.

                Despite the emergence of these young stars headed to top-tier schools, there is a growing problem that is arising in college basketball. A lot of these young talents who burst onto the scene are leaving before they are fully developed players, just to have their wallets become fully developed.  The issue of paying college athletes is a whole separate animal, but it is definitely a factor in some of these recruits’ decisions to only play one year at their schools.

                There are some players such as Kevin Durant who did not even need to attend college and was considered to be NBA ready before his decision to play a season at Texas, where he captured national attention and has since risen to superstar status in the NBA.  But for most, the extra year or two spent honing their skills, and their education, is simply the right thing to do.

                Only time will tell if Wiggins and Parker will be the next set of superstar recruits to be one-and-done, but the Blue Devils and Jay Haws certainly would not mind if they stuck around for a few more. It not only would be better for the athletes, but better for college basketball as whole making the teams more competitive, and giving them an identity that has been lost in the revolving door of names and faces in the NCAA.