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Proposal would allow undrafted underclassmen to return to school

The NCAA’s Commission on College Basketball’s recommendations have been pretty worthless so far, but there’s a new proposal under consideration that would fix at least some of the problems in the sport. According to Jeff Goodman, the proposal would allow undrafted underclassmen to return to college and set up developmental camps to identify which high schoolers should be allowed to have an agent before their senior year of high school.

Let’s start with allowing undrafted underclassmen to return to school; that’s a no brainer. Here’s the proposed path:

That makes total sense. Write it up right now.

As for the developmental camps…well, that’s a little trickier. The proposal would overhaul the July recruiting period, creating regional NCAA-sponsored youth development camps which will be developed and organized in collaboration with USA Basketball, the NBA, and the NBA Players Association.

From there, USA Basketball would identify the “elite senior prospects” and allow them to have an agent — presumably to decide whether or not to go pro straight from high school — while the rest of the prospects would have to wait until after their freshman year of college. On the surface that may sound like a good idea, but having a third party determine who’s “elite” enough to work with agents just opens the door for corruption. In April, John Calipari advocated for the NBA Players Association to host a combine for high school juniors to evaluate talent; I’d be curious to hear what he thinks of this proposal.

For more, check out Jeff Goodman’s timeline. Or don’t.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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7 responses to “Proposal would allow undrafted underclassmen to return to school”

  1. FlatTopsAndBlockedShots

    I really like all of this but underclassmen need to protected more because second round contracts are not guaranteed. If second round contracts become guaranteed then this is a done deal.

  2. gright

    Does that mean that players that didn’t receive an invite to the NBA combine and stayed in the draft but went undrafted like Wenyan Gabriel would not be eligible to return to college?


    In a nutshell, yes I think that is exactly what that means. If you don’t get an invite and still stay in the draft, that means your taking a big risk and you’re done with college basketball.


    The obvious problem with this is that most of these guys will have already been made ineligible anyway, because agents start showering them with $$/gifts , basically as soon as the tournament ends. By the time they’ve gone through the process to the point of the actual draft, there’s pretty much a 0% chance any of them hasn’t committed a violation, according to the NCAA.

  5. njCat

    Wenyen would not have been able to return under these proposed rules. I don’t see the reason for including a requirement that the athlete had to have been invited to the combine. What does THAT accomplish?

  6. Rondo2Davis

    Ms. Tyler Thompson really has no idea what she just typed. I doubt she even knows about this. I bet this article was made up for her. She has no clue what any of this means.

  7. Park

    How often does a player who is invited to the combine go undrafted? Aren’t there more draft picks than combine invites?