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Thursday, May 17, 2007

NBA Draft hopefuls must pay - for now

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Brandon Rush and other college basketball underclassmen who have entered the NBA Draft but not signed with agents may, with the NCAA's blessing, accept all-expenses-paid trips to the pre-draft camp May 29-June 4 in Orlando, Fla.

Once that camp concludes, it's up to the players to pay their own way to NBA cities for 1-on-1 workouts with teams. If anybody but the players or their family members pay for the workouts, their collegiate eligibility expires.

"Anyone who is going on flying trips for workouts is likely breaking the rules," Pitt coach Jamie Dixon told Andy Katz of ESPN. "It would take away the stress if the NBA paid for it."

It looks as if that will will happen a year from now.

A new NCAA rule - which is expected to be implemented during the spring of 2008 - will let college underclassmen enter the draft and have NBA teams pay all expenses for 48-hour tryout sessions.

Kansas University coach Bill Self is not sure the NBA's paying for individual workouts would be good for the game.

"Well, that does open another can of worms as far as maybe having more guys declaring for the draft," Self said Wednesday.

"If that happens, finances will not be an issue. That might be OK. You could put a limit on the number of workouts the guys could do in a 10-day period. Maybe four workouts. That would help (the players learn their draft status) a little. I'm not sure if that would be good or not. I've not studied it enough."

KU's Rush has been briefed on what to do to make sure he breaks no rules from May 29 to June 18 - the day he must finalize his decision whether to enter the June 28 draft.

Kentucky's Randolph Morris was suspended 14 games two seasons ago for having outside interests pay for his NBA workouts. Rush's eligibility was in question for a time his freshman year at KU because he jetted to some NBA cities for workouts after graduating from Mt. Zion Academy.

Ultimately, it was deemed Rush's family paid for his trips, and he was not forced to miss any games in college.

Rush has said he'll attend and participate in all activities at the draft camp in Orlando and attend 1-on-1 workouts in NBA cities. His plan is to enter the draft if he's assured first-round status.

KU's Julian Wright, who has signed with agent Rob Pelinka, will attend only the Orlando camp for physical exams and testing. As a projected lottery pick, he will not compete in the games. Traditionally, top picks have nothing to gain by competing against other prospective draftees, but conceivably could fall in the eyes of scouts with poor performances.

Others who have committed to attending the Orlando draft camp, according to ESPN's Katz: Georgia Tech freshman Javaris Crittenton, DePaul sophomore Wilson Chandler, Ohio State freshman Daequan Cook, Virginia junior Sean Singletary, Oklahoma State junior JamesOn Curry, Duke sophomore Josh McRoberts, Florida junior Taurean Green, Texas A&M junior Joseph Jones, Clemson junior James Mays, Boston College junior Sean Williams, LSU junior Glen Davis, Fresno State junior Dominic McGuire and Nevada junior guards Ramon Sessions and Marcelus Kemp.

Rush, Crittenton, Cook, Singletary, Curry, Mays, McGuire, Sessions and Kemp have not yet signed with agents.

¢ Traveling Jayhawks: KU's basketball team will be eligible to take a "foreign trip" before the 2008-09 season. Self said he's in favor of heading to someplace like Canada over Labor Day weekend 2008 to play a series of games against college teams, just as his Jayhawks did in Vancouver before the 2004-05 season.

"With a big freshman class, it would be a perfect time to do it," said Self, who would be allowed to hold 10 practices prior to the trip.

He will be bringing in replacements for five seniors as well as replacements for any players that decide to head to the NBA after next season.

Canada remains a popular destination for teams because of its proximity to the U.S. and large amount of college teams available for games, though Self has said there has been no discussion of a locale.

¢ Family atmosphere: The Jayhawks gathered at Self's house for a team meal Wednesday night as final exams week continues.

"I haven't been around much. Cindy and I had everybody over. The semester's about over," Self indicated.

Comments

kc_wildfire 7 years, 7 months ago

I would love to go back to Canada to see the Jayhawks play some exhibition games. That was one of the most fun trips I have been on.

JayCeph 7 years, 7 months ago

Yeah, they could go to a foreign country like Canada or Texas and still be close enough to the States that they'll have a lot of draw on their fans on those areas.

tdub 7 years, 7 months ago

Joseph Jones signed an agent??? Not sure if that's a great idea for him, he had a down year.

tdub 7 years, 7 months ago

Scratch that last one, after a quick check it appears he hasn't. Nice JW.

tdub 7 years, 7 months ago

And check the mock draft at nbanet, one of the most reliable. Mr. Rush is down to #39: http://www.nbadraft.net/

7 years, 7 months ago

JayCeph,

Don't forget California and Vermont ;)

bmcmich1 7 years, 7 months ago

I live in Southeast Florida and I can attest that, compared to good ol' Larry KS, this is practically a foreign country too!

e93bigd 7 years, 7 months ago

Hey, I live in Texas and I am offended at that remark. Now NEBRASKA, there's a strange place. If I ever go there I'll confirm that for you. Then there's Arkansas...

DerekR25 7 years, 7 months ago

I'm in Nebraska (Kansas born and raised thank God). In Omaha, it tends to be pretty normal, but the further west you go...Yeah, it gets that way. Hehehe Also, you have to take into account that all they care about it football so I'm sure several of them have knocked or gotten knocked in the head more than a few times. Anyway, I think that Cananda trip will definitely do some good considering it will give a big group of freshmen some more time to mesh together before the season starts. Rock Chalk...Can't wait for the first Kick Off!

Craig Lang 7 years, 7 months ago

Can't Brandon's brother Kareem pay for the younger Rush's trips? I would imagine that Kareem still has some of his NBA money saved up, and he is part of Brandon's family.

KUFan90 7 years, 7 months ago

Yes Kareem can pay for Brandon's trips. Also Brandon has recovered slightly on nbadraft.net today...back up into pick #30 now...

choffman 7 years, 7 months ago

Nebraska (Omaha) born...now live in Lawrence...

Nebraska and Kansas are pretty much exactly the same, except Kansas' bigger cities are a lot better.

Omaha and Lincoln SUCK compared to Wichita, Topeka, Kansas City, KS and even Lawrence.

After those two cities, the next highest population in Nebraska is Grand Island at like 45,000! Lincoln and Omaha are both around 300,000. So when the football stadium for the Huskers is full (73,000) its as if it were the 3rd most-populated "city" in Nebraska...


for those NBA haters out there...I hope you are watching this Suns-Spurs series...

..amazing basketball...

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