NCAA, NBA Change Rules Regarding Future Drafts, Undergrads

May 1, 2009: A change in rules from the NCAA will have a direct impact on the NBA and those undergrad players who seek early transition from college to the pros. The NCAA said that beginning in 2010, men’s basketball student-athletes will have until only May 8 to remove their name from the NBA draft to retain their college eligibility. The current rules allow players who have not hired agents the right to withdraw their names from draft consideration by June 15. In addition, the proposal removes the option for draft entrants who are not selected to resume college eligibility. Student-athletes with eligibility remaining previously had up to 30 days after the draft to declare their intention to return. The NCAA said it favored the May 8 date after receiving advice from NBA officials and the NBA Players Association. The NBA also has agreed to move individual tryouts up to April 30. The 2009 NBA draft will be held on June 25 in New York. The league said that 103 players - 74 players from U.S. colleges and 29 international players - had filed for early entry before the April 26 deadline. According to the NCAA, the shorter declaration period "will assist coaches in roster planning and encourage student-athletes to refocus on academics before the draft and decrease the potential for amateurism rules violations." Back to Home Page