NCAA makes NBA Draft window shorter
College basketball players who declare early for the NBA draft will still get to work out for teams.
They’ll just have to do everything much sooner next season.
On Thursday, the NCAA’s board of directors approved a measure requiring players to withdraw from the draft by May 8 instead of the current June 15, a move that was supported by several key constituencies for different reasons.
College coaches wanted the change to give them additional time to restructure their teams. School presidents were concerned about potentially serious academic ramifications, and one NBA official thinks the extra time isn’t entirely necessary anyway.
This change creates some unique challenges for compliance, too.
The NBA’s collective bargaining agreement requires the list of players pulling out of the draft to be released in mid-June. That won’t change until the league reaches a new CBA with the players association after the 2010-11 season.
But if a player decides to pull out of the draft, Division I vice president David Berst said he must still notify the NCAA by May 8. The legislation does not establish how it will be done.
“Rest assured it will be communicated,” Berst said during a conference call. “The manner by which it is communicated still has to be determined. They’ll have to opt out of the draft to our satisfaction and that remains to be interpreted to some degree.”
Berst said the NBA is assisting with the change.
The league agreed to move up the date for individual workouts from early June to April 30, giving college players a little more than a week to improve their draft stock. The workout dates are not part of the CBA.
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