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Need to Know: NBA Draft Decision Dates

With NBA Draft decisions looming, now’s a good time to go over the rules and deadlines for early entrants. Let’s start with the rules, which changed a few years ago.

The Rules

Players are allowed to test the waters twice without jeopardizing their eligibility. Let’s use PJ Washington as an example since he declared for the draft yesterday. Should PJ come back as we expect him to, he can declare again after his sophomore year and, provided he doesn’t sign with an agent, return for his junior year; however, in that scenario, should he declare after his junior year, he can’t come back for his senior year.

There is a rare loophole that would allow a player who has exhausted their eligibility to return should they go undrafted, but I doubt that would ever come up, so don’t worry about it.

Important Dates/Deadlines

April 22, 11:59 p.m.: Early Entry Eligibility Deadline

By April 22, we will know everyone who is declaring for the draft. By then, we’ll probably know of a few players who intend to sign with agents, meaning autograph tour and interview season will be in full swing.

May 15: NBA Draft Lottery, Chicago

The full draft order will officially be set on May 15, giving the top players a clearer picture on where they may go.

May 16-20: NBA Draft Combine, Chicago

Hamidou Diallo turned in the second highest max vertical in Draft Combine history last year. Should he declare, this is where he’ll make up for this season’s struggles. The NBA drools over athletes like Hami, so a good Combine will be key for his stock.

Similarly, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and PJ Washington’s measurements will impress (Shai’s wingspan is 7′; PJ’s is 7’3 and his vertical 43″). Kevin Knox’s measurements aren’t quite as eye-popping, but an impressive performance could boost him into the top ten.

May 30: NCAA’s withdrawal deadline

This is the big one. Ten days after the combine, players who wish to retain their eligibility must withdraw their names from the draft.

June 11, 5 p.m.: NBA Draft Early Entry Entrant Withdrawal Deadline

June 21: NBA Draft, New York City

Or, as John Calipari puts it, Graduation Day.


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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6 Comments for Need to Know: NBA Draft Decision Dates

  1. ClutchCargo
    6:06 pm April 4, 2018 Permalink

    Do we know when and where the foreign trip will be this summer?

  2. jtrue28
    6:43 pm April 4, 2018 Permalink

    Is the NCAA deadline to come back different than the NBA early withdrawal? Thought the rule was 10 days after the end of the combine…which puts it at 5/30. That’s a substantial difference from your article.

  3. Smyrna_Cat
    6:53 pm April 4, 2018 Permalink

    NBA Draft Early Entry Entrant Withdrawal Deadline (5 p.m. ET) – June 11

    According to NBA site

  4. chrisg18
    9:50 am April 5, 2018 Permalink

    Living in the past. A certain level of athleticism is still necessary to play in the NBA, but the game is much more of a skills game now. Gone are the days that the NBA “drools” over an elite athlete who tries to play basketball. Not sure what would change between this year and last year regarding Hami’s physical measurements to make them forget about his struggles all year. I’m sure his numbers will be about the same. I think the NBA will put much more stock in his tape than combine numbers, as they should.