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NCAA proposes new rule for early draft entrants

Big news in the college basketball world today… The NCAA proposed a new rule that will allow players to return to school after testing the NBA waters. Under the new proposal, student-athletes can attend the combine in Chicago and meet with NBA teams, then decide between another year of college or entering the draft.

John Calipari is a big fan of the potential change. If it passes, it will be effective next season for the 2016 NBA Draft.

Sounds like the combine could get very, very crowded.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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16 Comments for NCAA proposes new rule for early draft entrants

  1. Android Guy
    2:47 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

    This will make life easier for both Cal and a lot of our players who aren’t obvious lottery picks. Could the NCAA actually be becoming player-friendly? What a weird thought…

  2. say what?
    2:56 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

    This sounds like it could be a nightmare. What will keep every player from testing the waters? They’ll need more than Chicago if it’s open to anyone that chooses to find out.

  3. Red River Saga
    3:01 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

    Isn’t this just going back to an older rule?

    • nybrasky
      3:08 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

      Ha, yes. This is the rule from the early 2000s. Both Prince and Bogans put their names in, explored, and returned. I don’t recall if they attended the combine or not.

    • J-Dub421
      3:51 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

      Randolph Morris did so as well, and returned to school.

  4. bob
    3:04 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

    The only logical way would be they would have to get INVITED to participate by at least one NBA team. If you don’t get an invite, then the writing is on the wall. You aren’t getting drafted or being considered. This seems like a simple solution to me.

    • CatsBy80
      3:18 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

      bingo. this is the clear solution. no invite = come back to school… this will help the college game a ton, too. it will keep the player who is borderline first/second round material in school and make the college game better as a whole… it’s about time the ncaa did something that benefited the student-athlete.

    • Andrew
      3:41 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

      Great point. I’m a big fan of this rule change, could really help the game.

    • Byron Hall
      3:41 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

      AND…..give each team a limited number of invites…..

      For example, why have 300 kids show up if there are only 60ish draft picks. There could still be misinterpretation of feedback or teams may lead someone along hoping they come out,,,don’t get drafted and try to snag them on the cheap in free agency.

      Give each team, say, 3 invites which should cover the two rounds plus anyone likely to be signed as a free agent.

      A player only gets one invite, so once a kid is invited, all teams can evaluate them. Put a deadline on the teams for issuing their invites so they just don’t sit back and wait for someone else to invite the kids they are interested in…..but they have to invite someone, otherwise they don’t participate in the evaluations…..or something lik that.

  5. BCO
    3:04 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

    If this could create a nightmare scenario for the NBA I wonder if the ncaa is trying to leverage the league about the one and done rule?

  6. bluecat15
    3:07 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

    Wouldn’t this cause the recruiting to extend longer?

    • inside info2
      3:33 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink


    • J-Dub421
      3:50 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

      We already recruit pretty much year round, so I don’t think it really makes a difference there. There would just need to be a cut-off date for players to either formally enter the draft or remove their name.

  7. KyKid
    3:53 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

    Wow, the NCAA would do something that makes sense?!?! It may not matter if Jamal Murray commits or not, the world is coming to an end.

  8. Ky_Tom
    7:59 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

    I like the rule change, but they better make clear , and I mean very clear…..IF a player talks to a agent…That will cost him his chance to return to college basketball…There are still lots of rules on the edge here, that can be easily broken ..But with the new rule, the NBA Combine try outs will be very crowded.. because I’d like to think just about every Kid in college believes he’s got a chance….So, will there be a set rules for this…Like to Kids MUST get the invite from a Team…or else every kid will want to go try….

  9. UKbeth
    8:00 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

    This is the way it way it should be!! If the NCCA is really all about the Student-Athlete they will make and follow rules that benefit the Student-Athletes they are suppose to be representing and NOT the ones that benefit them.
    I thought the idea of major programs withdrawing from the NCCA intriguing!