We all know what's going on
Current NCAA regulations forbid any player who declares for the NBA draft and signs with an agent to return to his college team, even if he goes undrafted. It’s a particularly cruel facet of an already exploitative system and a rule that’s explicitly designed to keep players within the bounds of the NCAA, where they can work for free, instead of taking a shot at making an NBA roster. Steve Kerr has a good idea regarding this particular rule.
"Get rid of it! “Don’t keep this ruse going,” he said on Monday. “We all know what’s going on.”
"One of the things the NCAA needs to look at is, if a kid signs with an agent and he doesn’t get drafted, welcome him back. Why not? What’s the harm? We talk about amateurism and all this stuff, but if you’re truly trying to do what’s right for the kid, and the kid declares for the draft and doesn’t get drafted, you know what? Welcome him back. Do something good for the kids"
NBA will need to update its own rules as well
While players are given estimates of when they can expect to be selected in the draft before they fully commit, underclassmen who go undrafted are put in difficult positions.
Most are forced to sign a non-guaranteed contract to battle for an NBA roster spot during the preseason, sign with a G League team or go overseas to play professionally.
The NBA could also change the “one and done” rule which forces high school players to spend a year in college or a different professional league. It’s efforts to improve the G League could also give players another option besides college.