ESPN’s Andy Katz took a look on Friday on the potential stars of the 2009-10 NBA Draft. Patrick Patterson, John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins are featured as potential participants. But I found Katz’s synopsis regarding the upcoming changes to the NBA Player’s collective bargaining agreement more interesting:
Next year, the new NCAA rule mandating withdrawal from the draft by May 8 if a player plans to return to school will lessen the angst for college coaches sweating out the deadline. The NBA still has its own collectively bargained deadline of 10 days before the June draft. How the two dates will coincide has yet to be determined, but the NCAA players will have to prove they withdrew from the draft in some fashion.
There’s a chance that by 2011, under a new collective bargaining agreement, there could be some uniformity. The NBA might push for a rule to have players wait until they are 20 years old and two years out of high school before they enter the draft. It’s hard to see how the NBA Player’s Association will go for that, but stay tuned.
The NCAA could do its own thing again, just like in baseball, and say that if a player matriculates at a college, he can’t declare for the draft for two or three years. The National Association of Basketball Coaches is pushing this idea. It also is telling the NBA to let high school seniors go directly to the draft. The NABC has no say on the NBA’s side of the rule.