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The 2019 NBA draft process is starting. Here’s how it works.

Key dates to watch as UVA players test the waters for pro careers

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Plenty of Virginia Cavaliers fans will continue to bask in the glory of the team’s 2019 national championship for weeks to come. But the players have a quick turnaround as they consider their professional options, as the NBA Draft is just around the corner.

One key thing to keep in mind this year is that recent rule changes made it easier for players to test the NBA waters and still come back to school. Just because a player declares now doesn’t necessarily mean he won’t return.

Players can submit their names for an evaluation by the NBA’s Undergraduate Advisory Committee. Once they do, the player can then sign with an NBPA-registered agent to shepherd them through the draft process, from the combine to team workouts and interviews. There are all sorts of limitations on what the agents can and can’t do; our Kentucky sister site, A Sea of Blue, has a good rundown of all the ins and outs.

Here are the important dates to know and watch for

  • April 21: Deadline for underclassmen to submit their names for draft eligibility.
  • May 14: The NBA Draft Lottery is held in Chicago to determine the order of selection for the first fourteen picks.
  • May 14–19: NBA Draft Combine, also in Chicago.
  • May 29: Deadline for underclassmen to withdraw from draft process—and terminate agent relationships—in order to retain NCAA eligibility.
  • June 20: Draft day!