NCAA proposal could allow NBA draft entrants to return to school

Next year, college basketball players could have more leeway in their NBA draft decisions.

According to ESPN, the NCAA men’s basketball committee sponsored a proposal on Wednesday that will allow early entrants to return to school even after declaring their intentions to go pro.

The new system would allow underclassmen who are exploring their options to attend the pre-draft combine in Chicago without losing their college eligibility, though they will not be allowed to sign with an agent. The proposal, which could be approved in January, was a coordinated effort with the NBA.

UCLA athletic director and NCAA committee chair Dan Guerrero told ESPN that the proposal, if passed, would be in effect for the 2016 NBA draft.

The rule could have been particularly impactful for the Bruins in 2011, when Tyler Honeycutt and Malcolm Lee both left school to become second-round picks. They played 24 and 35 games over the next two seasons, respectively, but have not appeared in an NBA contest since.

Then-UCLA coach Ben Howland said he advised Lee to say, and that one more season would have been best for both him and the team.

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott has said numerous times over the past year that he wishes to curb the one-and-done phenomenon in college basketball.

  • MPPBruin

    This could be great for the students. Don’t punish them for wanting to fulfill their dreams.