Thursday, January 14, 2016

Rule change helps with NBA evaluations


College basketball underclassmen could work out with one NBA team per year and still return to college without jeopardizing their eligibility under new rules approved Wednesday at the NCAA annual convention.

Players will be allowed to enter the draft multiple times and participate in the combine and one NBA team tryout per year. They also will be allowed up to 10 days to withdraw from the draft after the combine.

The changes, which take effect immediately, were designed to help players make better decisions on their future and keep those who find out they’re not ready for the NBA on track for graduation.

NCAA officials said the rule changes were offered after collaboration between the NCAA, NBA and that National Association of Basketball Coaches.

“It’s really significant for guys who are going to get a better idea on where they stand,” Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford said. “(Some) come out early and it doesn’t work out for them. All of a sudden, they’re 25 or 26 years old with no career.”

Since 2009, players have been required to remove their name from the draft the day before the spring signing period in April. Now coaches will have to wait until late May to know what a player is going to do.

Kansas coach Bill Self said the change was needed to help the athletes.

“This legislation, with help from the NBA, will allow student-athletes the opportunity to make informed decisions on their true status as a draft prospect” before forfeiting their collegiate eligibility,” Self said in a statement released by the NCAA


Chris Shaw 3 years, 1 month ago

One NBA Team? That just seems odd. How do you even come to that decision? I wonder the reasoning behind that stipulation circled around?

Suzi Marshall 3 years, 1 month ago

Yea really, why just one team. If your going to do this, as they should, why not let the kid work out with any/all teams he wants?

This is going to be a recruiting nightmare for teams like Kansas, UK and Duke.

3 years, 1 month ago

Seems like the AP got that wrong, perhaps? At least according to this other article from the NCAA, students "may participate in the combine and one tryout per NBA team, per year." Sounds to me like they can try out once with each team per year, although confusingly the article later states that "following the combine, the NBA will provide specific feedback. Students can also work out for one NBA team to provide additional assessments." source:

John Randall 3 years, 1 month ago

Unless a prospect is limited to one tryout, college recruiting, scheduling, etc. would run late into the summer. No way that could have NCAA coaches' support.

Jay Scott 3 years, 1 month ago

"They also will be allowed up to 10 days to withdraw from the draft after the combine."

Robert Brock 3 years, 1 month ago

Another rule change that further erodes the quality of college basketball.

Jay Scott 3 years, 1 month ago

I like this. These kids have a tough decision to make in a strange artificial environment. Nobody tells entertainers, models, business people or athletes in many other sports that they must make such a decision. Hockey players are drafted at 18 regardless of their wishes and may continue with NCAA hockey or whatever suits them best. Nobody told Justin Beiber that he needed to complete some arbitrary amount of college before he released his version of music. Mark Zuckerberg was free to start his business at his choosing as were Micheal Dell and Bill Gates.

Anything that gives these kids a more equitable and informed way to follow their dream is good for us all.

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