Pac-12 commish Larry Scott wants one-and-done culture to end

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott is the latest to call for an end to the NBA rule preventing high school basketball players from entering the NBA draft.

“[College basketball is] not meant to be a way station to the pros,” Scott told the Arizona Republic, referring to the current one-and-done system in which NCAA stars often leave for the NBA after their freshman season.

“Major League Baseball gets it right,” Scott said. “They create a fork in the road. You can go to the draft out of high school. But if you go to college, [the pros] can re-evaluate you again in three years.”

Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy recently criticized the one-and-done system and the backlash against high school players wanting to bypass college.

“People that were against [players] coming out [of high school] made a lot of excuses, but I think a lot of it was racist. I’ve never heard anybody go up in arms about [minor league baseball or hockey],” Van Gundy told reporters on Sunday. “They are not making big money, and they’re white kids primarily and nobody has a problem.

“But all of a sudden you’ve got a black kid that wants to come out of high school and make millions. That’s a bad decision, but bypassing college to go play for $800 a month in minor league baseball? That’s a fine decision? What the hell is going on?”

Aaron Gordon, who averaged 14.5 points in his first four games back from a nine-game absence due to a hip injury, scored 27 to go along with 13 rebounds. It was his 14th double-double and seventh game with at least 25 points.

Gordon’s double-double occurred on a night when Orland’s defense forced Detroit to miss 16 of its last 17 shots while allowing under 110 points for the 31st time.

Nikola Vucevic added 22 and is averaging 17 points in five games since returning from a fractured left hand.

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