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NCAA CONVENTION ENDS BY ALTERING NBA DRAFT GUIDELINES
Published January 15, 1997
"In its ongoing effort to address the issue of non- seniors entering the NBA draft," the NCAA voted to modify a rule created two years ago that allowed players to enter the draft but regain their college eligibility, according to David Nakamura of the WASHINGTON POST. Non-seniors who are drafted by an NBA team will no longer have the right to regain eligibility within 30 days if they do not like their draft position and have not signed with an agent. Non- drafted players who have not signed with an agent may regain their eligibility. NCAA President Gene Corrigan: "I worry about the youngster who the unscrupulous agent tells will be picked in the first round, and he comes out and isn't picked in the first round and gets nothing" (WASHINGTON POST, 1/15). In L.A., Lisa Dillman notes there was also "concern that a certain segment of players, just under the highest level, had insufficient information to determine their market value." The NCAA is "hoping now that the NBA follows through on a promised undergraduate advisory committee, similar to a current NFL panel," which will evaluate the draft potential of non-seniors (L.A. TIMES, 1/15).