Today, players that enter the NBA Draft usually can’t return to school if they have second thoughts. Fortunately, the NCAA is considering giving them protection in that area.
According to Andy Katz of ESPN, players could soon have the option of withdrawing as late as 10 days before the draft.
Under the proposal, which was a coordinated effort by the NCAA, the National Association of Basketball Coaches, and the NBA, would allow underclassmen to attend the Chicago pre-draft combine in May, get evaluated by team personnel and given a true reading on their draft status. The players would then be able to decide if they wanted to stay in the draft or return to school. They couldn’t sign with an agent, though.
“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.
Simply put, if this rule becomes official, NBA draft classes will instantly be taken more seriously and less players will roll the dice on their respective futures.
On top of that, the NBA Draft will become much more like that of the NFL and the odds of key effective players being taken in the second round rather than guys taken to be organizational depth and ride the pine.
This rule is still in proposal mode, but it’s something that needs to be voted on sooner rather than later.
Campus Sports will update its progress as more information becomes available.
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