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A smarter path to the draft

Basketball players test NBA waters without sacrificing collegiate eligibility

College basketball players should have as much information as possible when making decisions about a potential professional career.

The NCAA, through the specific actions of the Division I Council, has ensured that players have more flexibility, time and the best information possible to determine when and whether to go pro.

Based on extensive communication between the NCAA, college basketball coaches and the NBA, the Division I Council changed the date by which a student must remove his name from 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 multiple times –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.