David Sloane, who represents primarily baseball players but formerly was an agent for NBA players, disagrees with Bowlsby's assessment.
“The NBA union is not run by agents,” Sloane said. “Agents have influences, but only as much influence as their players allow them to have. Even if you represent the entire roster of the All-Star game, you're not going to say something your clients really don't want you to say.”
Sloane said the rule was adopted because of too many high school players declaring for the draft, cashed big paydays “and fell on their face … the (union) members would rather see that money go to more established-type players.”
But Bowlsby says he remains committed to change.
“All the best parts of collegiate athletics and all the worst parts of collegiate athletics are prevalent in college basketball.
“There are programs out there that are systematically manipulating the things we believe in in higher education. To that extent, we need to go to work on it.”