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Husky Men's Basketball

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March 30, 2012 at 8:08 AM

UW players seek NBA draft evaluations

On behalf of Terrence Ross and Tony Wroten Jr., Washington submitted paperwork for an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee.
Stu Jackson, the NBA vice president of basketball operations, leads the committee that’s comprised of front-office personnel from 20 teams. According to the NBA, players will receive feedback no later than April 6.
In theory that gives Ross and Wroten four days to make a decision because the NCAA requires underclassmen to announce their intentions before April 10.
The NBA doesn’t recognize the NCAA deadline and its early entry eligibility deadline is April 29.
The differing dates creates a loophole the NCAA didn’t anticipate when it changed its deadline this year. In essence underclassmen considering leaving school can say they’re returning to buy himself a few weeks and ultimately submit their name for the draft before the NBA deadline.
The NCAA new rules don’t allow players to work out for NBA teams, which makes opting for the draft a bigger guessing game than ever before.
Jonathan Givony at Draft Express gives a thorough explanation of the draft rules and procedures for underclassmen.
ESPN’s Chad Ford has Wroten and Ross ranked 19th and 20th, on his top 100 NBA list. ESPN, NBADraft.net and Draft Express project the UW players will be taken among the 19-26 picks.
A year ago, Isaiah Thomas went through the same process. His advice to Ross and Wroten: “Whatever they do, they need to just make sure it’s the best decision for them and not what the program wants or what your family wants. They need to really think about everything — where you’re going to get drafted, and the possibility if you don’t get drafted, or if you slip.
“You’ve just got to think about everything. That’s one of the biggest decisions of your life. It’s not an easy decision. You’ve got to have the right people in your ear telling you the right things because everybody is going to be in your ear telling you you’re going to be the No. 1 pick and you’re going to be this and that.”
Lorenzo Romar said: “When you’re talented enough and you have room to grow you should stay (in school) until you can come into that league and make an impact. I think you should stay until then.
“If you’re going to go out and even if you’re a first-rounder and you may spend some time in the NBDL or wait a couple of years before making an impact, then you may as well stay in school and get closer to your degree and be a little bit more ready to go.”

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