Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr took aim at the current NCAA-to-NBA process Monday, criticizing a system he believes does not benefit players.
"Don't keep this ruse going," Kerr told reporters. "We all know what's going on. Let's do what's best for the kid and give them some options, and work together between the NBA and NCAA to find the right system. I think it's entirely doable if you people just open their eyes."
NCAA players who declare for the NBA draft and sign with an agent are not allowed to return to their respective schools.
College players who do not sign with an agent, however, are allowed to declare but return to campus.
"One of the things the NCAA needs to look at is, if a kid signs with an agent and he doesn't get drafted, welcome him back," Kerr said. "Why not? What's the harm? We talk about amateurism and all this stuff, but if you're truly trying to do what's right for the kid, and the kid declares for the draft and doesn't get drafted, you know what? Welcome him back. Do something good for the kids."
ESPN reported earlier this week that the NBA is looking at alternatives for elite players who want to join the league and bypass college.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver, who long has said the one-and-done rule is not working for anyone, wants to connect with players sooner as the NCAA has come under an FBI probe for illegal recruiting.
The NBA, which currently requires players to be 19 to sign with a team, would end that rule and start establishing strong relationships with elite teenagers while in high school, and provide a pathway to compensation -- and development -- through the G League.
"I think it's great," Kerr said of using the G League as a ladder to the NBA. "I think there's lots of things that I think the league and the NCAA can collaborate on."