College coaches to propose delaying NBA draft withdrawal deadline

Wednesday March 11th, 2015

Several prominent college basketball coaches are part of a group seeking to push back the deadline for withdrawing from the NBA draft, Nicole Auerbach of USA Today reports.

This year college players have until the beginning of the spring signing period (April 14 this year) to withdraw from the draft, and the proposal would extend the deadline until late May in future years. The official deadline to withdraw from the draft is 10 days beforehand, but underclassmen do not currently have that option as they permanently lose eligibility when they declare for the draft.

Duke's Mike Krzyzewski and Kentucky's John Calipari are among the coaches who are working to change the NBA's pre-draft process. The NBA, NCAA and National Assocation of Basketball Coaches are circulating the proposal with the hopes of submitting it by Sept. 1, 2015.

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A key part of the proposal would have NBA teams communicate with players about their draft stock following the combine in mid May. The aim of the proposal is to limit the number of players that leave school early and are not first-round picks. 

Calipari explained to ESPN's Andy Katz how the proposal would help players.

"Now, when you put your name in, if you're not invited that should tell you to go back to school," Calipari said. "Now after the combine you can make a decision — go back to school or choose to go."

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