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The Philadelphia Inquirer
By Keith Pompey; Inquirer Staff Writer

Two 19-year-olds - Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins - are expected to be among the first three players picked in the NBA draft on June 26.

Drafting players that young won't be the case much longer if NBA commissioner Adam Silver gets his wish.

"I'm in favor of raising the minimum age from 19 to 20," Silver said Tuesday before the NBA draft lottery in New York.

That could ultimately end the "one-and-done" phenomenon in college basketball, when top players head to the pros after their freshman seasons.

The commissioner's goal is to have the age limit changed when the next collective bargaining agreement is negotiated with the players' union. That could happen in 2016, when either the players union or the owners can opt out.

"I think we and our players association agree that the NCAA has to, in essence, be part of the discussion," Silver said. "We need to see things like the gap covered between the [college] scholarship and additional expenses, ensure that these players are covered for career-ending injuries."

The league owners discussed raising the age limit with NCAA president Mark Emmert last month.

Talented tandem

Former Kansas standouts Wiggins and Joel Embiid could become the second set of teammates to go first and second overall in the NBA draft.

Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist were drafted first and second after they led Kentucky to the 2012 national title.


May 22, 2014




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