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NCAA rule changes could impact John Calipari's Kentucky Wildcats

The NCAA on Wednesday announced some upcoming changes that could have a big impact on the Kentucky basketball program.

The Division I council has agreed to push back the date by which players must remove their names from the NBA Draft, extending it to May 25. The new policy will go into effect immediately.

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Players should be able to get more feedback on their draft status now and even attend the draft combine plus one NBA team tryout without threat to their college eligibility. Additionally, players can enter the draft more than one time if they ultimately decide to remove their names. In the past, if a player declared for the draft, he could only withdraw his name one time.

This year's NBA draft combine runs from May 11-15 in Chicago.

Kentucky, known for its wave of "one and done" prospects under coach John Calipari, could be affected in many ways. It could provide a bigger challenge to the UK staff because it will now take longer to know who will be on the roster as elite recruits wait to make their decisions.

However, it could also give more borderline players more time to gather information on their status and weigh it against a potential return to the Wildcats.

UK made history last year with six NBA draft picks, highlighted by No. 1 pick Karl-Anthony Towns to the Minnesota Timberwolves and a record-tying three other lottery selections. Calipari has produced 25 NBA Draft picks during his first six years with the Cats.


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