NCAA Moves Back NBA Draft Withdrawal Date

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Today, the NCAA announced that they will now allow men’s basketball players to withdraw from the NBA Draft enter back into collegiate basketball up to ten days after the annual NBA Combine each May:

The rule change appears to benefit all parties, including college basketball itself, which stands to retain potential star players who would wait an extra year and shoot for a higher spot in the draft. Former assistant General Manager of the Brooklyn Nets, Bobby Marks, offered his opinion on Twitter:

Recent NBA Drafts have seen a surprising number of projected first-round picks slide out of the draft entirely, reportedly due to “character concerns.” In last June’s draft, such players included Robert Upshaw from the University of Washington, Christian Wood from UNLV, and Cliff Alexander from the University of Kansas. Wood and Alexander have only received brief moments on the NBA floor, and Upshaw and Wood have spent most of their time in the NBDL. It’s possible that, after receiving feedback from teams during the Combine, these players would have elected to return to school and improve their draft stock, leading to larger sums of guaranteed money in future seasons.

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