Underclassmen who are unsure about their NBA draft status will now have a better idea of where they stand.

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The NCAA has been less than cooperative and in many ways punitive to collegiate players with NBA aspirations, but the governing body announced Wednesday less restrictive reforms aimed to help players who enter the draft.

The NCAA has pushed back the date in which NBA hopefuls must remove their name from the draft. Players must now make a decision 10 days after the NBA combine.

Last year players had to decide by April 16 in order to maintain their college eligibility. That date was nearly a month before the pre-draft combine, which was held May 12-17 in Chicago, and two months before the June 25 draft.

This season, the combine is May 11-15 and the new NCAA deadline is May 25. This year’s draft is June 23.

In a departure from the past, players can enter the draft multiple times without jeopardizing their eligibility.

They can also  participate in the pre-draft combine and one tryout per NBA team per year.

The moves are intended to give underclassmen with NBA aspirations more time to gather information about their draft stocks, said Cody McDavis, a member of the Division I Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee.

“(The rule allows) student-athletes to realize their dreams without punishing them for having such dreams,” he said in a statement released by the NCAA. “Almost every men’s basketball student-athlete has dreamt of playing in the NBA. This proposal allows them to attempt to make those dreams a reality without taking away their ability to come back and play in amateur collegiate sport if they happen to be unsuccessful.”

Today’s decision won’t sit well with many college coaches who fought to maintain the old rules and even sought tighter regulations on underclassmen leaving early for the draft.

Many coaches complain the roster uncertainty in May makes it difficult to recruit. The NCAA spring signing period is April 13 to May 18.

Coaches gripe that if an underclassmen were to test the NBA draft waters, then they force schools to keep a spot open on the roster in case they return. And if that player remains in the draft, then the school has to go into the summer seeking his replacement when the top high-school talent has already signed elsewhere.

Coaches also run the risk of overcommitting too many scholarships – the NCAA limit is 13 – if they fill a spot on the roster of a NBA hopeful who decides to pull his name out of the draft and return to school.