NCAA pushes back NBA draft withdrawal deadline
There are actually two different NBA draft withdrawal deadlines:
- NBA’s (June 15 this year)
- NCAA’s (originally June 3 this year)
By setting the earlier deadline, the NCAA effective controls the process for college players. To retain eligibility, NCAA players must withdraw by the NCAA deadline – not use the extra days the NBA allows.
That works well enough most years. Though it’d be helpful for college prospects to have the extra time, they usually have a reasonable assessment of where they stand by early June.
But the coronavirus pandemic has derailed the pre-draft process.
It’s good the NCAA deferred this deadline. The NCAA previously argued for an earlier date so coaches had more information when offering scholarships. Perhaps this signals a large shift in the college-basketball calendar due to the coronavirus.
The NBA reportedly won’t draft until after the current season.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver plans to decide in 2-4 weeks whether to resume the season. If he cancels, the league can then plan the draft.
If he launches a plan to play, there’s no telling how long the season would last. Positive coronavirus tests within the bubble could temporarily delay – but not stop – the schedule.
So, while there’s talk of a draft in August or September, it really depends on the season.
That leaves some early entrants in limbo. But at least they no longer have the NCAA’s withdrawal deadline bearing down on them.
The next step: If (more likely, when) the NBA postpones the draft, expect the NBA to also push back its withdrawal deadline.