It’s hard enough for guys like Ashton Hagans, Immanuel Quickley and Nick Richards to make a decision on their basketball futures considering their inability to really test the waters, as they say, with no combine, no workouts and no idea when they’ll even hold an NBA draft.
Now throw in the lack of agents interested in helping, too.
In this new story from DraftExpress’s Jonathan Givony, we learn the NBA’s top agents aren’t interested in adding any new clients from the college ranks.
“This is not a time to be adding players to your client list; it’s a time to consolidate,” one agent says in the story.
Those agents, the ones who would normally be signing guys like Hagans, Quickley and Richards right now, are too busy keeping their current clients who are out of work until the NBA starts playing basketball again.
The situation has made for a mess months after the NCAA started certifying player agents so they can be monitored and regulated. But in the story we find that none of the agents who are NCAA certified are any good (no current clients) so players who are truly torn are left with inexperienced agents within the rulebook or whatever experienced agent they can find, who may not work within the rules:
Early-entry prospects are either choosing between a small group of certified agents — some of whom lack experience — or going through the pre-draft process with a non-certified adviser while attempting to follow those mandates to maintain eligibility. Multiple sources expressed skepticism about how players, agents, college coaches, teams and the NCAA will cleanly navigate this new landscape.
“Are they really going to forfeit the remaining college eligibility of 90% of the players that come back, including some of the best players in the country?” one college coach asked. “This is going to be a total mess that we’ll have to clean up this fall. My guess is some players weren’t aware of the rules, and will end up getting scared they can’t go back, forcing them to leave school and then go undrafted because of this.” [ESPN.com]
As for how this affects the UK guys, it could push them back to school or it could open up spots ahead of them in the current projections. We don’t know, they probably don’t even know. All we know is it’s a huge mess.
Read the whole story here (if you pay for ESPN+).