A thread I started last week discussed a proposed change to the date for withdrawing from the NBA Draft. An AP story from today says that the NCAA has indeed adopted the change, meaning that beginning with next year, the withdrawal date will be set for the day before the first day of the spring signing period. Had this rule been in effect this year, Darius Morris and other underclassmen contemplating going pro would have had to make their decision by April 12, rather than this year's actual date of May 8.
This change obviously hurts players who would like to get a solid evaluation of their NBA Draft prospects before entering the draft, and I also don't buy the coaches' argument that this will really help them replace players leaving early given that so many players have already made their college choices by the spring.
Perhaps the coaches should get behind a possible change to NBA Draft eligibility mentioned in a hoopsworld.com article:
While it is little more than conjecture at this point, the common thought is that, under the next CBA, players will once again have the right to enter the NBA Draft directly out of high school but, should a player opt to go to school, he will be required to stay at least two, possibly three, years before becoming draft eligible. In essence, the NBA would implement a plan similar to that of Major League Baseball, which allows players to be drafted out of high school but, if they attend a four-year college, the must complete their junior season or be at least 21 years of age before becoming draft eligible again.