D-League lowers the age requirement to 18

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The NBA D-League
announced Thursday a new player eligibility rule that lowers the
minimum age requirement to 18 years, effective with the 2006-07

A player is eligible to be signed to a D-League contract if he
is or will be at least 18 years old during the calendar year in
which the D-League draft is held and his high school class has
graduated. Also, the player may not have attended college in
the United States in the academic year that takes place during
the season covered by his D-League contract.

"While we believe that the college game is the best choice for
the majority of players coming out of high school, not every
player will have the ability or desire to pursue that route,"
D-League vice president of player development Michael Curry
said. "This new rule will now give players the option of
playing minor league professional basketball in the United

The D-League's new eligibility rule will go into effect at the
same time as the NBA's new age limit, which requires players to
be 19 years old and one year out of high school in order to sign
an NBA contract or be eligible for the draft.