With the NBA draft set to commence tomorrow night, some early entrants will have their dreams reached, while other will have their hopes crushed. Well, with a new NCAA proposal, early entrants could go back to school even after declaring, as ESPN’s Andy Katz reports.
The NCAA men’s basketball oversight committee drafted a proposal that could be welcomed by the membership next January. Dan Guerrero, committee chair and who is also the UCLA athletic director, said this new rule would go into affect for the 2016 NBA draft.
Effectively, the proposal would allow NBA draft entrants to go to Chicago’s combine; practice and work out for teams and get properly evaluated. It is then the draft entrant would have the option to go back to school. Also, a player would not allowed to sign with an agent under the proposal.
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The current draft rules don’t allow a player to return to college once he officially declares for the NBA draft. The NBA would still have an early-entry deadline of late April and an official withdrawal date of 10 days before the draft, as per the collective bargaining agreement. But the NCAA would then have its own withdrawal date moved up from the week after the Final Four to sometime in mid-to-late May.
“This is a positive development for student-athletes exploring their professional dreams,” said Dan Gavitt, NCAA vice president of men’s basketball. “This would give prospects and their families more appropriate time and unbiased info from the NBA to make important decisions. And it would probably lead some to go back to school.”
Kentucky coach John Calipari said when this proposal was originally floated that it was “one of the best things” the NABC has done. The ACC coaches initially proposed the current legislation to have one draft date for the NCAA which was different from the NBA’s date. The coaches at the time complained that they wouldn’t know if their players were returning until too late in the spring recruiting process to replace them.
This new proposal would allow the players who are on the fence of declaring— and those who don’t know their true value— to accurately get assessed and ultimately make the right decision. It seems like a great proposal, which makes perfect sense for both the NCAA and NBA.