To the teeming throng of you waxing Platonic about the NBA's power to corrupt the youth, you can all put the hemlock down, because, well, it looks as if an age limit could be in effect. The powers that be have tentatively agreed on a deal which will go into effect the end of next week that will certainly affect the recruiting landscape.
On the age limitation, American players will have to wait one year after their high school class graduates before they can become draft eligible. International players will have to turn 19 by the end of the calendar year in which they become draft eligible.
The terms must still be ratifed by both the owners and the players union, but most of the heavy lifting has been done. It's a little too late to drop a playa's name in for the draft this year, but many players out of a strong class of 2006, most notably Greg Oden, whom some have dubbed the next Lebron and KU possibles Arthur and Wright, now look like one year college players.
One hitch in the getalong is the fact that 18 year olds will be eligible for the NBDL, the NBA's minor league. These prep-to-pro kids might opt for a year in the DL rather than a year in college. I honestly don't know how it will play out.