Can anyone make a morally and legally defensible coherent argument for the NBA rule prohibiting the signing of players until one year has passed after their high school class graduation? All the chatter I hear seems to be about how the age limit should be RAISED, but the only justification seems to be that the quality of college basketball would improve. That is probably true, but why is that more important that an individual being free to seek out employment in their chosen field? The vast majority of eventual professionals are probably not ready for the NBA when they are 18. OK. Don't sign them. But those who ARE ready are not permitted to play (and be paid for playing) at the highest level, which I find mind-boggling.