"One and done" refers to elite college basketball players who attend college for one year and then leave for a professional payday. Some see the practice as improper or distasteful. For instance, the New York Times recently editorialized:
A disquieting postscript to March Madness is the expectation that the starting five of the University of Kentucky’s national champion team — a mix of sophomores and freshmen — will soon jump into the professional basketball draft’s potential riches years shy of a diploma. Fans are right to ask whatever happened to verities like amateurism, education and team loyalty in college sports.By the end of the editorial, the Times answered this question, in case there is any uncertainty:
Fans should recognize the commercial underpinnings of March Madness for what it is: a big business for universities that has little-to-nothing to do with education, except perhaps in the cynicism of the real world.Writing at the blog of Barlow Garsek & Simon, attorney Christian Dennie explains that not much can be done in any case to prevent the practice of one-and-done:
As a college professor, I see absolutely nothing wrong with the practice of one and done. Students leave college for many reasons, sometimes unwillingly (e.g.,, finances) but often by choice -- Look at Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg. If universities want elite college athletes to stick around, they will have to do as Dennie suggests, and provide some incentives that make it worth their while. Otherwise, for most elite athletes, leaving to secure a lucrative payday just makes good sense.