NCAA Shortens Draft Window for Basketball

April 22, 2009

The National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division I Legislative Council has voted to drastically shorten the length of time men’s basketball players have to declare for the National Basketball Association draft. Under current rules, players have six weeks to “test the waters” at professional workouts and eventually remove their name from the draft if they wish to retain their college eligibility. If the measure is approved on April 30 by the Division I Board of Directors – which rarely overturns Legislative Council decisions – then players will only have one week to either declare for the draft or return to college. An NCAA release says the rule change “is intended to encourage student-athletes to refocus on academics sooner after the season ends and decrease the potential for violations of amateurism rules.”

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