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How to Enter the NBA Draft

If You Didn't Attend College

    Step 1

    Review the collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and the NBA Players Association to see if you are automatically eligible for the draft. Declare yourself as an early entrant if you are not eligible.

    Step 2

    Make your request for early entry status in writing to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver at 645 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10022. Make sure the NBA receives that letter at least 60 days before the June draft.

    Step 3

    Fill out and return the draft application you receive from the NBA in response to your declaration letter.

    Step 4

    Decide whether you want to withdraw from the draft by the league's deadline, which is 10 days before the event.

If You Are a College Underclassman

    Step 1

    Review the collective bargaining agreement to see if you must declare yourself as an early entry.

    Step 2

    Explore your draft potential before surrendering your college eligibility. Request an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee in writing two days after the NCAA championship game. Assess the response from the committee, which includes executives from 20 NBA teams. Ask your coach to check with NBA general managers to get additional opinions.

    Step 3

    Weigh your decision whether to leave college carefully. You must make that call in April, when NBA teams are still early in their evaluations. "Kids in these situations can make very poor decisions simply because they don't have enough information," Creighton Coach Greg McDermott, father of NBA Draft pick Doug McDermott, told CBSSports.com.

    Step 4

    Wait until the NBA's early entry deadline before deciding whether to enter the draft. That deadline is 60 days before the draft. If you declare for the draft right after the season, you will be subject to the NCAA's "early entry deadline" one day before the start of the spring signing period. That deadline usually comes about two weeks before than the NBA deadline, forcing you to make your decision sooner than necessary.

    Step 5

    Make your request for early entry status, if that is your wish, in writing to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver at 645 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10022. Make sure the NBA receives that letter at least 60 days before the June draft. Fill out and return the application the NBA will send you in response to your letter.

If You Are an International Player

    Step 1

    Review the collective bargaining agreement to see if you are automatically eligible for the draft. Declare yourself as an early entrant if you are not eligible.

    Step 2

    Make your request for early entry status in writing to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver at 645 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10022. Make sure the NBA receives that letter at least 60 days before the June draft.

    Step 3

    Fill out and return the draft application you receive from the NBA in response to your declaration letter.

    Step 4

    Decide whether you want to withdraw from the draft by the league's deadline, which is 10 days before the event.

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About the Author

Jeff Gordon has been reporting and writing since 1977. His most recent work has appeared on websites such as eHow, GolfLink, Ask Men, Open Sports, Fox Sports and MSN. He has previously written for publications such as "The Sporting News" and "The Hockey News." He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism in 1979 with a bachelor's degree.

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