NBA players can now gather more information before making a decision. The NCAA Division I council has arrived at the decision to push back the date when men’s basketball players can remove their names from the NBA draft.
Under the new rule, the athlete gets more opportunity and time to evaluate himself.
The decision will be implemented this year. This change of rule reverses a decision taken in 2009, which marked April as the spring signing period. The decision to change the deadline was long overdue.
Last year’s withdrawal deadline was on April 16. This was ten days after the conclusion of the national title game, and long prior to the NBA team’s workout sessions. Such a deadline didn’t help the rookies.
Another athlete-friendly deadline was ratified. This allows the player to declare for his draft, then withdraw before the deadline without any penalty. This year’s withdrawal deadline will be on May 25, giving the player more time to evaluate his market.