The NCAA announced earlier this week sweeping rule changes for basketball, and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski weighed in on the changes with both optimism and criticism as the NCAA attempts to improve the game.
Krzyzewski called the changes a “step,” but was concerned at the coordination of the rules because there’s “nobody leading it” as he questioned the plan of execution.
“They’re all well-intentioned, but they’re not coordinated in how you do it,” Krzyzewski said, via WRAL. “I’m being somewhat critical of the coordination and the implementation, the process of getting there and the process of making it happen.”
The rule changes, announced Wednesday, include allowing players to hire an agent and participate in the NBA Draft, yet still retain eligibility. He also indicated he wasn’t sure how these changes would impact Duke as he believes some of the rules still have kinks.
“No one wants to identify those elite players,” said Krzyzewski of the problem with the new rule. “The thing about undrafted players coming back, that’s OK, but we’re talking maybe half a dozen. Maybe 10 at the most. And those kids wouldn’t come back, probably, because if they went to the combine, they’ve kind of gone down that road.”
Although Krzyzewski acknowledged these rules are a “start,” he believes it’s a multi-step process that could have positive effects down the road.
“Overall, it’s a step,” Krzyzewski said. “Hopefully [there will be] a bunch of steps, and hopefully a number of them will lead to really good things.”
The changes were recommended by the Commission on College Basketball, an independent group formed last year in response to a recruiting “pay-for-play” scandal that rocked the sport.