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Today is the NCAA’s deadline to declare


Today is the day the NCAA set as the deadline for college basketball underclassmen to declare for the NBA Draft. The only issue with that is: no one cares about the NCAA’s deadline. Players have until April 29th to declare for the draft by NBA rules, so why would anyone bother forcing a decision now? It’s not like the NCAA can make them go to college if they decide to go pro sometime between tomorrow and April 29th. Today is meaningless for underclassmen, really. And Coach Cal agrees.

Calipari told ESPN’s Andy Katz yesterday that all five of his star underclassmen will use the NBA’s deadline to come to a final decision. “I’m not pushing these guys. I told them to relax, do schoolwork, finish up and see their families. They’ve got time to make their decisions.”

He said, “All of them have done enough to think about it. It’s not will they be drafted, but do they want to do it? That’s the question for each of them. That’s our Kentucky effect, and they’ve all benefited. It would be one heckuva of night if we had six guys in the first round.”

Davis could go ahead and announce today, but the others — especially Teague and Lamb — should take as much time as they can to make a decision.

On another note, how silly is the NCAA’s deadline?

[Katz: Coach Cal's post-title ride]

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

20 responses to “Today is the NCAA’s deadline to declare”

  1. SW52

    1st

  2. GoCats2

    If all 6 go in the 1st round I will be buying the NBA league pass for sure. It will be impossible next year to watch any NBA game that does not have at least one former UK player.

  3. lexslamman

    let’s change the name of the NBA to KRL – the Kentucky Reunion League

  4. boogie fan

    If 6 guys get drafted, that would be 15 UK guys in 3 years (I’m couting Kanter in there). Amazing for sure!!!

  5. Legendary

    Holla’ back at me! I’m thinking it’d be classic if our boys all go, but truth is, next year is kind of the elephant in the room, everyone knows we need 2 or even 3 more guys if we’re going to be contenders. Worst case, mass exodus, and no Noel or Bazz…what say you BBN?

  6. Wakecat

    Number 4, assuming all 6 go, the question becomes, where would a team of Cal’s UK alumni rank in the NBA: (a) Lock to get to the finals (b) Play-off team out in the 1st or 2nd round, or (c) Lottery team – just missing play-offs.

    Starters: Cousins, Davis, Gilchrist, Knight, Wall. Back-ups: Kantner, Patterson, T. Jones, Lamb, and Bledsoe / Teague. Filling out the roster: Liggins, Jorts, D. Miller, Orton.

  7. Jared Polson

    After intense evaluation I’ve decided to forego my Junior Season at UK and go ahead and declare myself eligible for the NBA Draft. A big thank you to all of my fans here in Lexington and Nicholasville, looking forward to your support at the next level.

  8. scott

    Misleading headline, today is the deadline for players to pull out of the draft if they have already declared and would like to remain eligible.

  9. Why No NBA in KY

    #2,3,4,&6, This is the reason why I’ve always felt that Kentucky deserves an NBA team. Many of these players often have very fond memories of the time they spent in the state and love the place. There simply is no avenue for them to stay in the state and still go pro. This is a shame in my opinion, as UK has consistantly produced NBA caliber players for decades.

  10. catinhat

    Nerlin Nerlin Nerlin,
    Keep that flat top curlin
    Banner 9 unfurlin
    Rawhide . . . .

  11. Moron Lamb

    VACATED

  12. Azubuike's Bicep

    11-The deadline is vacated? Since when does making a one word comment, which is more than likely in regards to something completely different than this post, supposed to make any sense?

  13. Adam

    Hey mods! Get this troll tard fan!^^

  14. minton

    Another ignorant and pointless NCAA rule.

  15. Stephen

    The problem with flaunting the loophole (or in Cal’s case, simply mentioning it in conversation), is that it makes the bunch in the NCAA’s panties that much tighter. What’s the over/under on the NCAA trying to create some other stipulations to make it more “fair” for schools to plan for recruiting (Read: complicate life for the players trying to make a life-altering decision)?

  16. JDubbs1983

    Hey #11(Moron Lamb)how about you “VACATE” this website. You sir are lacking an original and creative mind. Why are there so many of you “trolls” coming out of the rock you live under?

  17. strange brew

    As a UK fan, I always want UK to land the top players. But I get sick of these divas. These guys wait to the last day to sign because they know all the media is on them. Media whores and nothing more.

    We all know these guys are gone after one year. Stop with the drama.

  18. Bob Knight

    ALL YOU DAMN TEAM-IN-THE-SEC FANS ARE STUPID. EVEN THOUGH I’M ALREADY 1,000 YEARS OLD, NEVER IN A THOUSAND YEARS WOULD I EVEN CONSIDER TAKING A YEAR ONE PLAYER. CALIPARI IS A CHEATER AND YOUR PLAYERS DON’T GO TO CLASS. GAH!

  19. enes

    Kentucky should stay away from Shabazza. The NCAA has warned schools about him, so why would we want to jump into that mess.

  20. mattius00

    There is no loophole. Also Drew has titled this horribly bad as well. Today is the deadline for the student athletes that have submitted their paperwork to be in the draft to pull themselves out. The NBA allows until the 29th for them to submit themselves to the draft. If they do so there is no coming back to school as their eligibility is gone.

    This was known as testing the waters. They still can test the waters however, there are no camps or evaluations scheduled prior to that date that the NCAA has set, so it has essentially ended this process.