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Testing the NBA draft waters: What's different this year

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A record 236 players made themselves eligible for the NBA draft last year, including 181 from the college ranks. The NBA is bracing for that number to be shattered this year by a significant margin, according to the league office.

As draft prospects' seasons come to a close, underclassmen are being advised by the NBA league office to proceed with caution when testing the draft waters -- a process that has undergone significant changes due to a new rule instilled in the wake of the Commission on College Basketball recommendations following the FBI investigation into corruption.