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    From Katz column today:
    The NCAA legislative panel voted Monday to shorten the time frame in which underclassmen who declare for the NBA draft must decide whether to stay in the draft or return to school.

    If the NCAA board of directors endorses the legislative panel's decision to reduce the early entry decision window from six weeks to approximately one week, there won't be any reasonable way for underclassmen to test the draft process.

    Players really should declare whether they're in the draft or out. The current proposal makes the process of "testing the waters" or "gathering more information" moot.

    USA Today first reported the panel's decision, which would make underclassmen decide by May 8 whether they were staying in the draft. The current deadline is 10 days before the draft in mid-June. (The rule would go into effect for next year's draft class.)

    This year, the early entry declaration deadline is Sunday, April 26. It likely would be in the same time period in 2010. NBA teams don't allow underclassmen to work out at their facilities until the official list from the league office comes out, and that usually doesn't occur until four or five days after the declaration deadline. That means players would have about one week to work out and gauge how high they could go in the draft. A problem with this time frame is that it comes during or near final exams for most semester schools. If players were considering returning to school, they would have to be on campus for exams and couldn't afford to miss study or class time to work out for various NBA teams across the country.
    Mallonee said this new date allows schools some time to fill recruiting needs before the spring signing period ends, too.
    Edited to add, from Gonzaga's academic calendar:

    Prep Week Monday, April 27 - Friday, May 1
    Semester Examinations (100/200 classes) Monday, May 4 - Friday, May 8
    Semester Examinations (300/400 classes) Monday, May 4 - Wednesday, May 6

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    "Testing the waters" isn't what it used to be now that the predraft camp has been eliminated. If the predraft camp were still in place, I really doubt you would have seen this proposal reach this stage. It would have been laughed at. It should also be noted that this new proposal extends the deadline that the ACC originally proposed. It's better, but it still has problems, such as:

    A problem with this time frame is that it comes during or near final exams for most semester schools. If players were considering returning to school, they would have to be on campus for exams and couldn't afford to miss study or class time to work out for various NBA teams across the country.
    They are going to have to deal with this in some way. You can't have kids making decisions that will alter the course of the rest of their life during finals week. I can't see the proposal passing unless they give the kids a week or so after finals week to make their decision. Especially if the NCAA is holding all these schools accountable for APR ratings and such.

    If this thing passes in some form, we will either see a lot of kids making bad, ill-informed decisions, or more kids returning to college out of fear that they won't get selected where they want to. I also fear that kids will rely on the internet mock draft lists too much. It's really a shame that the NBA dumped the predraft camp. It was one of the best things the game of basketball had going for it when it came to helping non-lottery level prospects.

    Mallonee said this new date allows schools some time to fill recruiting needs before the spring signing period ends, too.
    As I have pointed out before, this is a farce. Every spring there are 3 to 4 significant HS prospects who wait until the spring to sign because they know factory schools like Kansas and UNC routinely lose players early to the draft. A guy like John Wall is just waiting to see where his position opens up. There's a good chance he goes to UNC if Ty Lawson bolts. We're talking about a handful of schools for a handful of players. Anyone else who's decent is battling eligibility issues at this point - they probably won't be playing D-1 basketball next season. If you are a run of the mill BCS program, or a good non-BCS program that's losing a player early to the draft, there is no one left who's good enough to replace him. You will see those schools give the open 2009 schoolie to a walk on, and their coaches will begin recruiting 2010 players - more aggressively than ever - who can fill the void the following season.
    Last edited by CDC84; 04-21-2009 at 04:16 PM.

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    Big name kids are money makers for the NCAA so I don't blame the NCAA for trying to make it as difficult as possible for the kids to leave early. Other big corporations adopt various strategies to retain their best employees, and I would expect the BCS schools and their controlled subsidiary the NCAA to do what is in their best financial interest.

    Just don't try to make it look like the league and ACC are doing this "for the kids".

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    Quote Originally Posted by 75Zag View Post
    Big name kids are money makers for the NCAA so I don't blame the NCAA for trying to make it as difficult as possible for the kids to leave early. Other big corporations adopt various strategies to retain their best employees, and I would expect the BCS schools and their controlled subsidiary the NCAA to do what is in their best financial interest.

    Just don't try to make it look like the league and ACC are doing this "for the kids".

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    Just another example of the student-athletes being used for the NCAA's best interests and not the NCAA looking out for the student-athlete's best interests.
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