NCAA announces new withdraw deadline for NBA Draft
With the NBA pushing back its 2020 draft due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the NCAA has also delayed its withdraw deadline for student-athletes.
On Thursday, the NCAA announced that 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 draft and return to the college game. The change comes because of the uncertainty surrounding the league’s pre-draft process.
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“This provides the utmost flexibility to student-athletes testing the waters to make the most informed decision about their future during this uncertain time,” said NCAA Senior Vice President for Basketball Dan Gavitt. “And by deciding before classes start for the fall semester, it also encourages the 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.”
Initially, men’s basketball players were given until June 3 to make a decision.
A handful of B1G men’s basketball players have continued to keep their names in the NBA Draft to test the waters. Some could take advantage of the complete timeline before making a final decision.