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New NCAA rule forces players' NBA decisions sooner

Kentucky head coach John Calipari calls to his team during the first half of an NCAA Final Four semifinal college basketball tournament game Saturday, March 31, 2012, in New Orleans. Kentucky head coach John Calipari calls to his team during the first half of an NCAA Final Four semifinal college basketball tournament game Saturday, March 31, 2012, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
By Joedy McCreary
AP Sports Writer / April 4, 2012
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Testing the NBA waters seemingly has become a thing of the past for college players. These days, they're likely either in or out.

The reason is, players have less time to make a decision.

A new NCAA rule says players who entered the NBA draft early but want to return to school only have until next week to withdraw. That April 10 deadline is about a month earlier than before and 19 days before the NBA requires players to say they're entering early.

The NCAA says the change keeps players focused on academics and gives coaches a measure of certainty for their rosters as they prepare for the next year.

NBA Commissioner David Stern says the conflicting deadlines make it harder on players.

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