What's Behind the NBA's Age Rule? 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. But it may be more about marketing.
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What's Behind the NBA's Age Rule?

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What's Behind the NBA's Age Rule?

What's Behind the NBA's Age Rule?

What's Behind the NBA's Age Rule?

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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.

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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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