2020-21 Season

NCAA sets deadline to withdraw from NBA Draft

With news that the NBA season is set to resume in Orlando, the NCAA announced that it set a deadline for players testing the waters to withdraw from the NBA Draft.

Men’s basketball student-athletes will have until 10 days after the NBA draft combine or Aug. 3, whichever comes first, to withdraw from the postponed 2020 NBA draft and retain their eligibility.

Due to the uncertainty of the NBA’s pre-draft process brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Division I Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee decided Aug. 3 allows a reasonable amount of time for all men’s basketball student-athletes to make a choice about starting a professional career.

This option provides student-athletes up to two months beyond the original withdrawal date of June 3 to decide.

The NBA Draft is set for October 15th with the NBA Draft Lottery scheduled for August 25th. An NBA Draft Combine date has not been set, but it would be expected to follow shortly after the NBA Draft Lottery. That means that August 3rd is the likely withdrawal date for all prospects currently testing the waters.

The NCAA statement says this date was set as “the most equitable alternative available in these unprecedented circumstances.”

“This provides the utmost flexibility to student-athletes testing the waters to make the most informed decision about their future during this uncertain time,” NCAA Senior Vice President for Basketball Dan Gavitt said. “And by deciding before classes start for the fall semester, it also encourages student-athletes who choose to return to school to be fully engaged in their academic pursuits and the tremendous experience and opportunity to play college basketball.”

Michigan is awaiting a decision from Isaiah Livers, who declared for the NBA Draft on March 30th. Livers is not projected in many mock drafts and has had his workout opportunities limited by the coronavirus outbreak. Transfer commitment Nojel Eastern is also currently in the NBA Draft and would have to withdraw to join Michigan’s roster in 2020-21.

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  1. umhoops

    Seems unlikely that Livers or anyone else on the fence will get any in-person workouts to me given the schedule.

    NBA teams will be in Orlando quarantining to get ready for the season that starts on July 31st… Withdrawal deadline is a few days after that.

  2. umhoops

    A lot of good stuff here.

    Not likely to be any workout chances before the withdrawal deadline.

  3. Charlie_Richter

    Hey Dylan

    Likely a crazy question/ idea here but I am going to go for it anyway.

    With the NBA showing a model of how to come back in one site, is there any whispers out there the NCAA tournament could be brought back too. I’ll give a potential set up I think could work below but getting that revenue could potentially help avoid what seems like a really bad financial future for NCAA sports even beyond basketball. I for one, have a really good friend who is a D1 woman’s assistant head tennis coach who is certain he will be furloughed or lose his job next year because there was no ncaa tournament revenue to prop up his program. Not to mention having March Madness sometime soon would be phenomenal for so many reasons. In any event the proposal:

    A 64 team tournament is picked based off resumes from the end of this year

    $10-20k (hardship pay) for all players and coaches who participate. If that’s for 64 teams, and say 20 people a team at 20k each you’d be looking at around $25M. I assume this would be a small if not tiny % of the tv money that comes in. Let’s add another $25M for all other costs and you’d be looking at $50M to put it on…

    Obviously no fans at games…

    Teams travel to one location, likely Vegas, and have a one month preparation period and in the final week this would include two to three exhibition games against other tournament teams. These games would not be part of the tournament and intended to get people in game shape…

    The tournaments first 4 rounds would be played in 8 days with each winner playing every other day until you have a final four.

    The final four would then happen a few days to a week later…

    Covid testing would follow all NBA protocols and any players could opt out of playing (I doubt many would as this would offer great exposure)

    Graduated seniors, like Teske and Simpson would be given a one time exemption to play.

    Timeline: deal done by end of June; players report July 15th; tournament ends by September 1st… I believe this would work with the nba draft schedule and nba workouts could also simultaneously happen in the location for prospects…

    People who have transferred in or out likely would have to be ineligible…

    Say this set up could make $300m on a tv contract. The upside for all to me is obvious. Of course there will need to be lots of exceptions to the rules as normal made, but hey these are crazy times…

    I look forward to your thoughts…

  4. swinawer

    Paying players wouldn’t be an exception to the rules. It would be a precedent and there’s no chance that happens.

    Could it happen without paying the players? I don’t think that’s one of the biggest hurdles. The timeline is a problem. I would imagine putting 64 teams in one place presents logistical problems for finding practice and training facilities.

  5. kturnup

    I applaud the creativity but there’s like 15 reasons this wouldn’t happen

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