Providence junior Rodney Bullock put his name into the NBA Draft to test the waters at the end of March. On Monday, Jon Rothstein reported that Bullock will return to Providence for his senior season. Bullock became the first Providence player who took advantage of the new rule allowing players to declare for the NBA Draft without an agent and then return to school. Ben Bentil declared for the 2016 draft without an agent but eventually opted to sign with one and keep his name in past the deadline to return. Bentil was drafted 51st overall in 2016 by the Boston Celtics.
The new rule went into effect in January 2016 and it allows college players to enter the NBA Draft multiple times and maintain their eligibility to return to school as long as they don’t hire an agent and withdraw before the NCAA deadline, which is 10 days after the completion of the NBA Draft Combine. This year that deadline is May 24th. The invites to the combine started to be announced on April 30th and Bullock was not among those that got an offer to attend. Despite not being invited to participate in the combine, Bullock does have the ability to workout for one NBA team. It’s unclear if any such workout has been scheduled.
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