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One and Done


Derrick Rose leaves the court

A dejected Derrick Rose leaves the court -- for the last time in a Memphis uniform -- amidst the debris from Kansas' title celebration.

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Definition: "One and Done" is a slang term used to describe a player who stays in college for a single year before bolting for the NBA.

One of the most significant "one and dones" in recent memory is Carmelo Anthony, who helped lead Syracuse to the 2003 National Title as a freshman, and was the selected third overall by the Denver Nuggets in the 2003 NBA Draft.

The subject of "one and dones" became a larger debate in 2005, when the NBA and its players added an age limit that required players entering the draft to be 19 years old or have completed their freshman year of college. As a result, players who would have jumped directly to the pros out of high school were forced to spend a year in college before entering the draft.

While the "one and done" rule has some benefit to fans -- mainly, the chance to see players like Derrick Rose and Greg Oden compete at the college level -- many critics have complained that it makes a mockery of the term "student" athlete -- a player headed for the draft only needs to maintain eligibility for a single semester -- and increases the likelihood of cheating.

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