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Deciding Whether to Go Pro

Division I college athletes now can make more informed decisions about going pro.

 

Basketball

Rules and deadlines changed in 2016 for students exploring entering the NBA draft. The new rule allows players to withdraw from the draft as many as 10 days after the end of the NBA draft combine. Additionally, players may now declare for the draft twice – provided they withdraw before the new deadline without hiring an agent – and will be allowed to attend the draft combine and one tryout per year for each NBA team without losing college eligibility. Players are permitted to hire an advisor provided he or she does not directly market them to teams.

 

Baseball

High school baseball players who are drafted by a pro team are permitted to hire an agent for professional league contract negotiations, but the relationship must be severed if the student decides to enroll in college and play baseball. Those who decide to enter the MLB draft after spending three years in college – the minimum length of time required by the MLB for those who play baseball in college – are permitted to hire an advisor. The advisor may assist the student with the decision-making process, but cannot act as the student’s agent.

 

Hockey

High school hockey players who are drafted by the NHL are permitted to play hockey in college, with the NHL team that drafted them retaining contract rights for four years while the player attends college. Current college students eligible for the draft are also permitted to attend the NHL draft combine and hire an advisor. The advisor may assist the student with the decision-making process, but cannot act as the student’s agent.

Students considering whether to go pro are encouraged to consult with their school’s athletics compliance office and head coach. Keeping the school informed helps ensure students have the best information possible while considering their decision.