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Hall of Famer Bill Self: State of college basketball ‘in limbo’ at this time

KU coach Bill Self speaks at the Hall of Fame news conference

Bill Self spoke at Thursday's Hall of Fame news conference in Springfield, Mass. Seated on stage are all the inductees in the class of 2017.
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Bill Self spoke at Thursday's Hall of Fame news conference in Springfield, Mass. Seated on stage are all the inductees in the class of 2017.

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self thinks the state of the college game “is in limbo right now.”

He was speaking at a media session on Thursday — a day before his induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

“I think our game is great. I think from a rules standpoint it’s pretty solid,” Self said. “I think we could do some things maybe to modify. I think the things we want to do as a sport — increase scoring, make it more fan appealing, things like that are positive.

“That’s the 10,000-foot picture,” he added. “What are we looking at from 30,000 feet? I think the one-and-done, the G-League … there are a lot of things out there that are going on we don’t know how it’ll affect us moving forward.”

There’s talk the NBA may elect to change the rule that forces players to attend college a year before entering the draft. There’s also been talk the G-League might increase salaries of players and let high school seniors head directly to the pros through the NBA’s minor league.

“It could be something that we work out and be fine, or it could be something is going to totally change the landscape of how our college game looks,” Self stated. “The transfer rules … if we open this up where it’s free-agency, it’s going to change everything about our sport, which will be bad. That part will be bad.”

KU basketball coach Bill Self wore his Hall of Fame orange jacket at Thursday's news conference in Springfield, Mass. Self will give a speech at Friday's enshrinement ceremony when Self will be inducted into Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fa

Self is not in favor of allowing college basketball players to transfer to another Division I school without sitting out a year. It could cause chaos to rosters and could possibly allow schools to recruit stars of other teams behind the scenes. There was a report this week the NCAA is possibly considering tackling the transfer issue soon.

“I think there are some things that are kind of hanging around that need to probably be solidified before I can probably give you, or any coach can give you, an actual answer on what direction we’re going,” Self said.

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