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NABC pushing to drastically change draft timing

The NABC is making a push to move up the NBA draft declaration date and drastically shorten the decision-making window.

Originally Published: June 23, 2005
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com
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College coaches are pushing for a new NBA draft declaration date to be set on the Monday after the Final Four ends, a move that clearly would be advantageous for Division I coaches.

Jim Haney, the executive director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, told ESPN.com that the proposal would also allow the players only 72 hours to decide whether they were staying in the draft. This plan is being modeled after the football version, which makes college players declare shortly after the end of the bowl season. The NABC has been discussing this for quite some time and will address it again at its annual summer meeting before the Nike Camp begins in Indianapolis on July 6. Haney said he is optimistic that this will be a part of the new collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and its players association.

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