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NCAA CONVENTION ENDS BY ALTERING NBA DRAFT GUIDELINES

          "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).  


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