Prior to the Pac-12 tournament championship, conference commissioner Larry Scott talked to the media to discuss the pulse of the Pac.
Scott said that one of the most important topics related to college basketball on a national level is the existence of the one-and-done.
Unlike the National Football League or Major League Baseball where college players have to be 21 or done with their junior year to enter the draft collegiate basketball players are eligible to go to the NBA after just a year in an NCAA institution.
“Our feeling on the one-and-done phenomenon is very detrimental to the essential academic mission of our universities,” Scott said. “This high visibility trend of one-and-done threatens to undermine the twin goals of academic as well as athletic excellence at our colleges.”
Scott announced that Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson would lead the first ever Pac-12 men’s basketball All-Star team to China. The conference All-Stars will play against two professional Chinese teams. According to Scott, the All-Star team would be comprised of representatives from each of the league’s 12 teams.
Scott additionally proclaimed that the conference has finalized plans to stage the first-ever regular season men’s basketball game in China.
Washington will play Texas on Nov. 14 2015 in China live on ESPN, Scott said.
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