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  • Amid complaints regarding the process of obtaining hardship waivers, the NCAA's Division I leadership council recommended a policy change on Friday intended to eliminate the criticism.

    The proposed rule change would give athletes who transfer due to difficult life or family circumstances an extra year to complete their four years of eligibility but would strip them of the right to apply for immediate eligibility at their new school. Those athletes would instead have to sit out a full year before competing for their new school the way other transfers do.

    The extra year of eligibility would likely only come into play in rare cases when an athlete transfers because of a hardship and has already used a redshirt year previously. In such situations, athletes would not forfeit a year of eligibility while sitting out after transferring because they would have six years to play four seasons instead of five.

    “We hope this change will encourage student-athletes who must transfer based on

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  • Whether it's Luc Richard Mbah a Moute in 2008, Tyler Honeycutt and Malcolm Lee in 2011 or Zach Lavine this spring, few schools have been more vulnerable to questionable early-entry decisions than UCLA in recent years.

    Therefore the Bruins have to be especially grateful to finally have some good news to celebrate this spring.

    Guard Jordan Adams, UCLA's leading scorer this past season, announced Thursday he will return for his junior season. DraftExpress.com projected Adams as the No. 24 pick in the first round prior to the 6-foot-5 wing's decision to return to school.

    "I’ve had so much fun playing here at UCLA, and I’m really excited about the team we’re going to have next year,” Adams said in a statement released by the school. "Once the season ended, my family and I began carefully weighing all of my options. In the end, staying at UCLA for my junior year is a win-win situation. I’m glad that I went through the process, received constructive feedback and had time to reflect on what I

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  • The tantalizing notion of close friends and fellow Chicago natives Jahlil Okafor and Jabari Parker playing together at Duke next season will not come to fruition. 

    Parker is leaving a year too soon.

    The national freshman of the year announced Thursday that he is forgoing his final three years of eligibility and entering the NBA draft, a decision that has been anticipated since before he ever donned a Duke jersey. Parker detailed his thought process in an essay published by SI.com, explaining that the lure of chasing a title with Okafor and the rest of his Duke teammates next season wasn't strong enough to overcome his desire to begin his NBA career. 

    "Ultimately, I boiled my decision down to two simple questions," Parker wrote. "Which environment -- college or the NBA -- offers me the best opportunity to grow as a basketball player? Which environment -- college or the NBA -- offers me the best opportunity to grow and develop off the court? The answer to both questions is undeniably

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  • Once the first report surfaced Wednesday night that New Mexico State's 7-foot-5 center Sim Bhullar was turning pro, a torrent of criticism quickly followed.

    "Whoever is reportedly telling Sim Bhullar that it's a good idea to enter the NBA draft is someone Bhullar should stop listening to," SI.com NBA writer Chris Mannix tweeted. ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman was even less charitable, calling it "a horrific decision."

    The backlash is fair to some extent since Bhullar is unlikely to taken in the NBA draft and desperately needs another year of conditioning and skill development to have any chance to be an asset at that level. Nonetheless, the criticism also overlooks the fact that the injury risks associated with Bhullar's massive size and weight make him a unique case. 

    The window to make money as a professional basketball player is considerably shorter for a 7-foot-5 center conservatively listed at 360 pounds because his joints and feet are likely to break down sooner than even the average

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  • Nick Johnson chooses turning pro over chasing a title at Arizona

    Of all the college prospects weighing whether or not to enter the NBA draft this spring, Nick Johnson had one of the most difficult decisions.

    No matter what he chose, the Arizona star had to make a sacrifice.

    If he stayed for his senior season at Arizona, there was a very good chance Johnson's stock would level off or even diminish. Not only would it be tough for Johnson to duplicate his All-American-caliber junior season with Stanley Johnson and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson sharing playing time at wing, he also would have little chance to prove to NBA scouts he could play point guard with T.J. McConnell returning.

    At the same time, leaving Arizona meant missing out on a season that had the potential to be special. Were the Wildcats to have McConnell at point guard, him, Johnson and Hollis-Jefferson at wing and Brandon Ashley and Kaleb Tarczewski anchoring the frontcourt, they probably would enter the season no worse than the co-favorites to win the national championship.

    Ultimately,

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