Proposal would allow undrafted underclassmen to return to school

by:Mrs. Tyler Thompson07/06/18


The NCAA’s Commission on College Basketball’s recommendations have been pretty worthless so far, but there’s a new proposal under consideration that would fix at least some of the problems in the sport. According to Jeff Goodman, the proposal would allow undrafted underclassmen to return to college and set up developmental camps to identify which high schoolers should be allowed to have an agent before their senior year of high school.

Let’s start with allowing undrafted underclassmen to return to school; that’s a no brainer. Here’s the proposed path:

That makes total sense. Write it up right now.

As for the developmental camps…well, that’s a little trickier. The proposal would overhaul the July recruiting period, creating regional NCAA-sponsored youth development camps which will be developed and organized in collaboration with USA Basketball, the NBA, and the NBA Players Association.

From there, USA Basketball would identify the “elite senior prospects” and allow them to have an agent — presumably to decide whether or not to go pro straight from high school — while the rest of the prospects would have to wait until after their freshman year of college. On the surface that may sound like a good idea, but having a third party determine who’s “elite” enough to work with agents just opens the door for corruption. In April, John Calipari advocated for the NBA Players Association to host a combine for high school juniors to evaluate talent; I’d be curious to hear what he thinks of this proposal.

For more, check out Jeff Goodman’s timeline. Or don’t.


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