Aussie Basketball League Providing One-and Done Players an Option
The NCAA is in more turmoil than ever before.
Enter the NBL – the Australian version – a basketball league hoping to provide “one-and-done” players with an alternate option outside of college basketball. In fact, the league has formalized a rule that would allow prospects to forgo college and develop on a professional level while getting paid in the process.
“Unlike other countries where players and agents deal with clubs, the NBL will directly contract the players,” NBL owner and executive chairman Larry Kestelman said in a press release. “We will make sure the players get the development they need as part of the program with our clubs, giving them the best chance of success.
“The NBL provides strong visibility back to the U.S. Our league is closest to the NBA in terms of style of play and game day presentation. We will work to build a program to provide the right access to NBA teams and scouts alike.”
As per sources close to ESPN, these players will be paid up to 100,000 guaranteed Australian dollars for the seasons, which is approximately $78,000 U.S. In 2017, the Oklahoma City Thunder drafted Terrance Ferguson, who spent his year after high school abroad, as part of the Adelaide 36ers NBL team.