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The NCAA Just Announces A Major Rule Change For Players Who Go Undrafted

A photo of a basketball ahead of a game between Oregon and Louisville.

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The NCAA announced several significant changes to its policies for the upcoming years. One of which will impact collegiate basketball players who are on the fringe of NBA scout's sights for the impending draft.

Until now, college basketball players hoping to enter the NBA draft haven't had a safety net. A new rule announced today will allow undrafted college basketball players to return to school.

The new rule replaces the current rule, which allows players to maintain eligibility if they withdraw from the draft 10 days after the NBA combine.

The only condition on the new rule is that players must notify their athletics director by Monday following the draft.

College basketball players who request an Undergraduate Advisory Committee evaluation, participate in the NBA combine and aren’t drafted can return to school as long as they notify their athletics director of their intent by 5 p.m. the Monday after the draft.

The NBA and NBPA are expected to announce a rule change which would make undrafted college players ineligible for the NBA until the end of the next college basketball season.

It will be interesting to see how this rule change impacts recruiting going forward. You can see the full rule changes here.