NCAA narrows window for NBA draft prospects Print
Written by Admin   
Thursday, 30 April 2009 22:09
NCAAB Headline News


 INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -The NCAA is trying to end the continual guessing game for college basketball coaches.
Next season, coaches will have all their answers by May 8.
On Thursday, the NCAA's board of directors approved legislation that shortens the time players have to withdraw from the NBA draft, moving the date up from mid-June to early May.
``This is a topic that I think has been frustrating for the college community as well as the professional community,'' Division I vice president David Berst said during a conference call announcing the change.
The new rule has attracted support from several key constituencies.
Coaches wanted an earlier date so they could sign additional players to make up for unexpected departures. School presidents were concerned players may spend too much time preparing for and attending NBA workouts at the expense of classwork.
One NBA official even suggested teams don't need that much time to scout players.
layer personnel Rex Chapman said. ``If they stay in, they stay in. If they don't, they go back to school. In many cases, we're happy that they go back, because most kids, frankly, need to stay in school.''
That is still a longer window than it is for college football underclassmen, who have 72 hours after declaring for the NFL draft to withdraw and return to school.
The rules change also poses some unique challenges for the NCAA.
The NBA's collective bargaining agreement requires the list of players pulling out of the draft to be released in mid-June, a date that won't change until the league reaches a new CBA with the players association. The CBA expires after the 2010-11 season.
But if a player decides to pull out, he must still notify the NCAA by May 8. The legislation does not establish how that notification will occur.
``Rest assured it will be communicated,'' Berst said. ``The manner by which it is communicated still has to be determined. They'll have to opt out of the draft to our satisfaction.''
Berst said the NBA is helping with the change.
The league agreed to move up the date for individual workouts from early June to April 30, giving college players a little more than a week to showcase their skills.
And this may only be the start of a broader discussion.
period opens each year. The legislative council approved the compromise date after seeking the advice of NBA officials and the NBA Players Association. Those groups and the National Association of Basketball Coaches, Berst said, have agreed to meet with NCAA officials to find an even better resolution.
Berst also acknowledged there could be more changes before the 2010 draft.
The board also rescinded a provision that allowed undrafted underclassmen to announce within 30 days of the draft whether they would return to school.
Concerns remain for coaches who are increasingly talking about academic success because of the potential penalties assessed to underperforming teams based on Academic Progress and Graduation Success scores.
``I don't think you can have any situation where players are missing classes, and I'm all for chasing the dream,'' Indiana coach Tom Crean said Thursday.
``When Dwyane Wade was going to be (drafted) between 5 and 13, there was no question he should go. But you're very hamstrung when people are leaving and their grades aren't intact. I just don't think you can have anybody leave and have days on end doing workouts.''
President Myles Brand, who is fighting advanced pancreatic cancer, spoke briefly on the conference call but did not discuss his health.
---
AP Sports Writer Pat Graham in Denver contributed to this report.
 

NCAABB Team Pages

Top NCAABB Public Bets

View All: NFL |  NBA |  NCAAF |  NCAAB |  MLB |  NHL

Recent NCAABB Discussions

NCAABB Futures

NCAA BASKETBALL TEAM MENS TOURNAMENT ODDS CURRENT
KENTUCKY 4/1
ARIZONA 8/1
DUKE 10/1
WISCONSIN 12/1
KANSAS 14/1
FLORIDA 14/1
NORTH CAROLINA 16/1
VILLANOVA 25/1
LOUISVILLE 28/1
WICHITA STATE 28/1
View All

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Contact Us | Advertising | 888-99-SPREAD

THIS IS NOT A GAMBLING SITE – If you think you have a gambling problem click here.

Disclaimer: This site is for informational and entertainment purposes only. Individual users are responsible for the laws regarding accessing gambling information from their jurisdictions. Many countries around the world prohibit gambling, please check the laws in your location. Any use of this information that may violate any federal, state, local or international law is strictly prohibited.

Copyright: The information contained on TheSpread.com website is protected by international copyright and may not be reproduced, or redistributed in any way without expressed written consent.

About: TheSpread.com is the largest sports betting news site in the United States. We provide point spread news, odds, statistics and information to over 199 countries around the world each year. Our coverage includes all North American College and Professional Sports as well as entertainment, political and proposition wagering news.

©1999-2013 TheSpread.com