College players will reportedly get a second chance to test the NBA Draft waters.
When the NBA confirmed this morning that the draft was set for October 16, they also added a new early entry deadline for August 17 and a withdrawal date for Oct. 6.
With this news, players who previously elected not to enter the NBA Draft will now have until Aug. 17 to revisit those decisions and potentially enter in the coming months.
A bit of a bombshell here. What this means is that college and international players who had previously elected NOT to enter the 2020 NBA draft now have until August 17th to revisit those decisions and potentially enter now. News story coming. https://t.co/2W4wn1j37M
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 20, 2020
“The NBA’s early-entry deadline had been April 26, in anticipation of a June 25 draft, but according to the CBA, players have the ability to make themselves draft eligible by petioning the league in writing “at least sixty (60) days prior,”‘ ESPN’s report claims. “Pending approval from the National Basketball Players Association, that would shift the early-entry deadline to Aug. 17 given the draft has been postponed to Oct. 16.
With Kentucky specifically, this is significant news for Olivier Sarr and his quest for a waiver to play for UK in 2020-21.
Originally, Sarr’s waiver was based on Danny Manning’s firing at Wake Forest and the timing of the NBA’s previous early entry deadline. At the time, Manning – who talked Sarr into turning down the NBA and return for a senior campaign – was fired right before the previous deadline. His prior argument was that he did not have ample time to weigh his draft options.
Now, the timeline for Sarr’s draft decision would essentially reset, taking away a key argument in his waiver request.
Will the NCAA factor in Sarr’s previous argument and the timing of the original request? Or will Kentucky have to go back to the drawing board?
Either way, things just got a bit more interesting.