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April 09, 2012

Tomorrow's NCAA draft deadline toothless

The NCAA has set a deadline of Tuesday for underclassmen to declare for the NBA draft or stay in school another year. That “deadline’’ is toothless because it comes 19 days before the NBA’s deadline to accept early-entry candidates into the draft.

Any underclassman who has already declared for the draft (including, for instance, Duke’s Austin Rivers and North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Kendall Marshall) and who doesn’t remove his name by Tuesday, has forfeited his remaining college eligibility.

However, there’s nothing to stop an underclassman from saying he’ll return to college ball next season, then later – say, April 28 – submit his name to the NBA. In fact, if a player has any misgivings about what to do, there’s seemingly no downside to waiting another week or two and quietly researching pro options.

Confusing? Sure, but the NCAA made its own bed by assuming the NBA would conform to this new, earlier deadline. It really isn’t the NBA’sproblem to adapt to the NCAA’s calendar, and we all know what this deadline is really about: High-profile college coaches not wanting to sit in limbo for a month or two about whether some of their best players are turning pro.

Posted by Observer Sports on April 9, 2012 at 12:10 PM | Permalink


I don't know past timelines, but it seems to have effectively sped up the hiring of agents for outgoing players. In the past, even sure lottery picks seemed to keep their options open longer. I'm talking about guys like barnes and sullinger who are sure fire top 10 picks and then return to school. It seems those guys are hiring agents sooner when they know they are coming out.

The guys that are wavering will continue to waver but it atleast seems to thin a lot of the guys out to help the recruiting a bit. The nba needs to reform the rules regarding the nbdl and add franchises and up the age limit. Allow younger guys to be drafted to nbdl in 3rd and 4th round draft and elevated to the pro team when older.

There shouldn't be any relationship of consequence between the ncaa and nba but i'm sure there will continue to be one.

Posted by: charlottean | Apr 9, 2012 5:49:55 PM

Who do the Bobcats have on payroll next year? Maggette, Thomas, Walker, Biyombo, and Diop? When does Carroll come off the books? With Carroll and Diop it seems that the Bobs have managed to acquire 2 of the worst contracts in the NBA.

Posted by: Sambo | Apr 10, 2012 9:00:49 AM

The NBA should follow the MLB model - allow high school players to be drafted, then if the player does not sign, he can go to college and play, but then cannot turn pro for 3 years.

Posted by: J | Apr 11, 2012 7:59:29 AM


the bobcats have carroll, diop, walker, biyombo, thomas, henderson, mullens, and maggette on payroll next year....qualifying offers to augustin and white and I would imagine brown and higgins are restricted free agents. only real big thing coming off the books is diaw. najera comes off too.

next year you have carroll, maggette, diop coming off and we still have the amnesty card to play on tyrus thomas if it ever proves worth using during the life of his contract, which isn't likely. still future looks bright.

our pick, plus walker, biyombo, mullens, henderson, brown, hopefully augustin, future picks, etc. it's a good group to build on. no real bad apples in the bunch.

Posted by: charlottean | Apr 11, 2012 1:54:20 PM


Pretty handy sight. I can't imagine how next year will be any better than this year though.

Posted by: Sambo | Apr 11, 2012 4:23:37 PM

I can. Not wildly better, but better. having better role definition, the same core returning with offseason workouts together. progression of mullens and biyombo. Hopefully a well rested and healthier and either extended or QO'd augustin. another draft pick hopefully a huge impact one.

I mean watching mullens play lately, especially against toronto....HAS to have you thinking next year could be a big step up.

Posted by: charlottean | Apr 11, 2012 4:44:43 PM

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