Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Elite Class of 2025 recruits share mixed reaction to potential NBA Draft age change
By MATT WHITFIELDCOLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. — Numerous NBA scouts and personal were in attendance at Team USA Junior Mini Camp this past weekend. And per a Shams Charania report last month, the NBA and NBAPA are looking to change the draft requirements to allow prospects to enter the Draft at 18 instead of 19.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that “nothing has advanced on the elimination of the ‘One-and-Done’ rule,” but it’s still a topic of conversation for some elite Class of 2025 prospects.
“I think it’s good,” said Class of 2025 consensus top 10 recruit Isiah Harwell on a potential NBA Draft age change. “Me I’d want to do that just to go straight to the league. That’s one of my things because I saw Kobe do it and that’s just what I wanted to do.”
Koa Peat, a consensus top 5 recruit in 2025, had a more measured thought process on the potential NBA Draft age change.
“I think that’s crazy,” said Peat. “If I were to be a lottery pick, I’d definitely keep that in mind but education is really important to me in my family, so whatever god and my family wants me to do is what I’m going to do,” said Peat.
Cameron Boozer, the consensus No. 1 overall recruit in the Class of 2025, iis not giving the potential age change in the NBA Draft any thought until any change happens.
“That’s cool,” he said. “But until it’s an official thing it’s not really something to look into.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.