The NCAA has proposed a rule change that would allow underclassmen to declare for the NBA draft return to school after the combine, NCAA vice president Dan Gavitt confirmed to ESPN.com.
If the rule is approved by the NCAA members in January, underclassmen could declare for the draft and showcase their talents for teams at the annual NBA combine before receiving feedback about their stock and deciding whether to pull their name out of the draft, provided they had not hired an agent.
Currently, draft prospects have until late April to decide whether to forgo their remaining eligibility. The new rule would give them until the combine in mid-May to make a final decision.
“This is a positive development for student-athletes exploring their professional dreams,” Gavitt told ESPN.com. “This would give prospects and their families more appropriate time and unbiased info from the NBA to make important decisions. And it would probably lead some to go back to school.”
- Dan Gartland