Yeah the NCAA is largely unpaid labour for basketball prospects, you might get a degree out of it but that's of little concern to anyone who is good enough to play NBA. It's a terrible system. They make truckloads of money off the back of college sports.As I understand it, they can play "D league " (NBA development league), overseas or some other options. The claim was that they were trying to protect kids from entering the league too soon. The cynic in me thinks it was because the NCAA was growing concerned the talent level in university was degrading and they pressured the NBA into an agreement. All about money over here.