I have obtained a copy of a letter from the NCAA offices to student-athletes contemplating declaring for the NBA draft as an upperclassman.
Here are the key points, which I cut and pasted . . .
Six Points to Remember:
You will lose your eligibility IF:
• You agree orally or in writing to be represented by an agent or any individual acting on behalf of the agent [e.g., runner].
• You accept any benefits from an agent, a prospective agent or any individual acting on behalf of the agent [e.g., runner].
• If you participate in a tryout with an NBA team that lasts longer than 48 hours, which you have not personally financed.
• If you tryout with a professional team during the academic year and miss class.
• If you enter the draft AND do not take the appropriate steps to withdraw and declare your intention to resume intercollegiate participation.
• If you enter the draft AND are drafted by a professional team.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Am I allowed to enter the NBA draft early?
YES! You may enter a professional basketball league’s draft one time during your collegiate career without jeopardizing your eligibility; provided you are not drafted by any team and you declare your intention to resume intercollegiate participation within 30 days after the draft. This declaration must be in writing to your director of athletics.
2. Am I allowed to participate in the NBA predraft camp in late May-early June?
YES! If you are invited, you may attend the predraft camp and accept actual and necessary expenses from the NBA to participate in the NBA predraft camp. You are permitted to attend the entire camp (even though it might occur during the academic year).
3. Can my college coach arrange and schedule a professional team workout/tryout on or off campus during the academic year?
NO! It would not be permissible for a student-athlete’s institutional coach to organize and be present during a professional tryout that occurs on or off campus.
4. Can NBA teams pay for my private workouts/tryouts?
YES! You may tryout with an NBA team during the academic year if you are enrolled full-time as long as you do not miss class. You may receive actual and necessary expenses from the NBA team in conjunction with one 48-hour tryout per team. The 48-hour tryout period begins when you arrive at the tryout location. At the completion of the 48-hour period you must depart the location of the tryout immediately in order to receive transportation expenses.
5. Can any other individual (e.g., agent, runner, or “advisor”) pay for my private workouts/tryouts with NBA teams?
NO! Unless an NBA team pays for your expenses in conjunction with a private workout or tryout, you and your family are responsible for paying all expenses associated with any tryouts as they are incurred.
6. Can I pay for my own private workouts/tryouts with NBA teams?
YES! A tryout may extend beyond 48 hours if the individual self-finances additional expenses, including return transportation. A self-financed tryout may be for any length of time, provided you don’t miss class.