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What's Behind the NBA's Age Rule?

Without the new rule, Ohio State's Greg Oden (in red) would be blocking shots in the NBA. i i

Without the new rule, Ohio State's Greg Oden (in red) would be blocking shots in the NBA. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images hide caption

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Without the new rule, Ohio State's Greg Oden (in red) would be blocking shots in the NBA.

Without the new rule, Ohio State's Greg Oden (in red) would be blocking shots in the NBA.

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Top high school prospects must now wait at least a year after graduating before entering the NBA draft.

The league says players benefit from the experience of playing at least one year in college — citing the benefits of maturity.

But what the professional league really hopes is that young players will build a reputation in college so that when they come to the NBA they'll be more recognizable — and more marketable.

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